I’ve not written for a while as the last couple of months have been very busy. However I wanted to share some of my autumn highlights.
Our Story launched at the Museum of Edinburgh on 10 November. Our Story is an exhibition which has been developed by Edinburgh Interfaith Association to tell the stories of the diverse faiths of Edinburgh. The exhibition has offered a great opportunity for us to get some of our religious collections out of storage. These are now displayed alongside items loaned by faith communities and photographs and oral histories telling the stories of people from different faiths. The exhibition will be on until 23 April.
On 12 October I was proud to talk about Proud City: LGBTQIA+ Edinburgh at the Museums Galleries Scotland conference with Alice Andrews from Glasgow Women’s Library. It was a very inspiring day and I loved hearing about other projects.
A small version of Proud City will also soon be on tour in local libraries. It will be installed into Fountainbridge Library on Thursday.
Art in the City also visited Songs for Winter at the City Art Centre this month. Below you can see some images of artworks in this wonderful exhibition by Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen.
Amongst all of these special events, other activities go on. I’ve worked with arts organisation Citizen Curator to run visits to the Museum Collections Centre. I’ve worked with artist Hans Clausen to offer activities linked to his project- The People’s Museum of Myth and Memory. I’ve visited Almond Mains Initiative and the Royal Infirmary to run reminiscence sessions. I’ve worked with several schools- including Royal Mile Primary and Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce– and welcomed groups and researchers to the Museum Collections Centre.
I have also started supervising two lovely Museum Studies students from the University of St Andrews who will be helping to update our access audits.
Last but not least, I attended my first meeting as a Trustee for the Social History Curators Group. I am now the Web Editor and look after the website and social media for the group.