At this time of year our thoughts often turn back to the events of the last 12 months. So I wanted to write a blog to celebrate some of my key events of 2018.
One of the big events for me was welcoming Ria as my jobshare. It has been wonderful working with her and we have some joint projects planned for 2019- watch this space! You can find out more about her work on her blogs about Herstory Woven and the Edinburgh glass exhibition tour.
One of my big pieces of work was the redevelopment of the Wee Museum of Newhaven at Victoria Primary. You can now visit the new exhibition ‘Newhaven Stories’ at the school.
In the summer it was wonderful to be a part of the development of Their Work is Not Forgotten- the exhibition celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. The museums also hosted workshops for Processions and took part in the event to celebrate the centenary.
Adi also joined our team and I hope you have been enjoying his blog posts. You will also have seen some of his posts if you follow our social media channels.
2018 also saw the continuation of some projects. The small touring version of Proud City has continued pop-up in local libraries and high schools across the city. Our loan and reminiscence box service has continued to be popular and provide resources for groups across the city and further afield.
Also the Art in the City group has continued to offer visits to venues for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their friends, families and carers. Our January 2019 visit will be to the Robert Blomfield exhibition at the City Art Centre. If you would like to join the group please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.
More recently I have been very lucky to take part in the speed networking at the Eurocities conference. I have also spoken to a range of student groups- including the museum studies courses at St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities. I am also currently hosting Catherine who is on placement from St Andrews and is helping with developing new loan boxes.
Still ongoing is the work taking place around developing British Sign Language interpretation for our buildings. This year we have offered a range of BSL and descriptive tours for people with visual impairments. Next year we will launch new BSL films about our venues and we are hoping to develop our first digital BSL tour! Staff will also take part in Deaf awareness training. All of this work has been funded by See Hear.
Thank you for your support in 2018 and here’s to a successful 2019!