Highlights of 2015

I have been looking back at some of the activities and projects which took place in 2015 and thought I would share a few of my highlights of the year.

It has been a year of exhibitions, with new displays popping up all over the city. These have included as ‘Zeppelin, Edinburgh, 1916’ at the Royal Highland Show, ‘Scars on the City’ at Ocean Terminal and Russell’s fabulous Assembly Rooms and Church Hill Theatre displays.

There have also been smaller exhibitions, such as this display at Marionville Court Care Home created by the Museums Alive volunteers.

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Museums Alive continued to grow and flourish, with the final sessions of 2015 offering opportunities for care home residents to visit the City Art Centre. We were also the subject of a Eurocities case study.

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There have been some great links made with community organisations over the year. These have included working with It’s Good 2 Give to run activities linked to the ’26 Children’s Winters exhibition’.

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We have also worked with a range of schools, libraries and other organisations offering activities to children and families. In particular, I loved working with Licketyspit Theatre company to run activities for schools in the area around North Edinburgh Arts Centre and to set up a small display. I also really enjoyed the session on seascapes I ran with Score Scotland.

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I’ve also worked with a range of adult groups including care homes and day centres, hospitals, Alzheimer Scotland’s D Cafe,  Penumbra, Scottish War Blinded, Deaf Connections and Edinburgh Chinese Elderly Support Association who created this lovely artwork.

DSC_24052015 was also the year I did my first webinar! You can watch my talk for the New Barn Raising here:

I have also given quite a few more traditional talks. It was great to have the opportunity to speak about Citizen Curator at the Scottish Museums Federation conference.

I’m also really keen to work with people looking to develop museum careers. Once again, I travelled up to St Andrews to talk to their Museum Studies students about my work. I have also spoken at a couple of careers events. You can read my top tips in this blog post or watch a film of me talking about careers below.

My colleague Nico, our Documentation Officer and I also spoke at the East of Scotland Museums Partnership (ESMP) about Museums Bootcamp, volunteering and community engagement.

Our wonderful volunteers help with so many aspects of our work, so we arranged a volunteer party in August to say thank you. Entertainment was offered by the amazing Clarinet Choir.

In 2016, we hope to develop volunteering further. We were fortunate to have received funding from Museums Galleries Scotland from their Strategic Investment Fund for a Volunteer Coordinator post. This project is just starting, but I will blog about this when we have more news.

One of the most exciting things I have been involved in over the last year is the Museums Association’s Transformers scheme. Over the next couple of months I’ll blog more about the project I have been working on, but it has been an amazing opportunity!

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Goodbye 2015 and stay tuned for all my 2016 news!

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About edinburghmuseumsoutreach

I'm the Outreach & Access Manager at Edinburgh Museums & Galleries (the museums service of the City of Edinburgh Council). I take the museums out to community groups and schools. I really enjoy meeting lots of people of different ages and backgrounds and helping them connect with our collections. I love showing people some of the amazing objects that we hold and I like helping them to remember the past or to create something amazing.
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