Edinburgh Alphabet- part 2

I have been back to the Museum Collections Centre to pack more objects for the Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition (opening at the City Art Centre on 19 May). So I thought I would share some more of my favourite objects with you.

These tools and documents were donated to the museum collections in 2013. They belonged to a father and son who were both ship’s carpenters sailing from Leith. You can read about some of their travels in the documents which mention places as far away as St Vincent, Singapore, Canada and Rio de Janeiro. We also have photographs of both men which will be displayed in the exhibition,


This ship model of represents a four masted barque, a typical “clipper” ship of the mid 19th century.  Ship models were made for various reasons. This model was likely to have been made as a hobby in the early 20th century.

If you look closely you can see a Leith coat of arms on the flag on the top of the ship


I chose this lobster pot for the ‘F is for Fishing’ section. I haven’t decided if the plastic lobster is going to be included yet though!


I also had the opportunity to see some of the items other curators are including in the exhibition. I particularly like the ‘U is for Undies’ section which will show some fabulous pants!


If you would like to know more about the exhibition, there will be a series of Curator’s Talks in June and July. I will be speaking about the history of Leith on 9 June and Fishing on 14 July, do drop by.

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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