The Assembly Rooms social history exhibition is launched!

Greetings from the Heritage Guy – it’s been a while!

I am most pleased to report that, after many months of planning, consulting, artefact hunting, text writing, collaborating and designing, the Assembly Rooms social history and heritage exhibition was launched at the end of October in the Assembly Rooms!

This small exhibition consists of five cabinets, each with a distinct theme and which represent the various functions and uses of the venue over its 227 year history!

Central to the display is the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ a collection of strange, historical and, sometimes, obsolete objects which people may have worn, carried or used on visits to the Assembly Rooms in the past. A map guides the visitor around the cabinet and there is also a fun activity for younger visitors to try.

Two cabinets focus on the Festival and Fringe profile of the venue and its civic use and there are two further displays which feature the Coade stone and plaster artefacts and the celebrated chandeliers.

Some of the cabinets contain objects loaned and donated to the heritage project over the past two years; dance card pencils, competition medals and girl guiding memorabilia featuring swimmer David Wilkie – to name but a few of the items we have collected along the way!

civic cabinet in AR

above – a snapshot of the items in the ‘civic’ themed cabinet

The exhibition is currently ‘on tour’ at Craigmillar East Neighbourhood Centre and during the week commencing 24th November, it will go to Kirkliston Library in the west of the city.

Craigmillar 2

above – the exhibition goes to Craigmillar!

If you have not seen this small but beautifully formed celebration of the iconic Georgian venue, fear not, the exhibition returns to the Assembly Rooms foyer in early December where visitors can view it over the festive period!

Please remember to complete one of our feedback cards too – or sign the guest book!

Until next time, stay warm and dodge the downpours!!

plaster cabinet in AR

above –  cabinet of plaster artefacts

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