Photo: some of The Welcoming group at the People’s Story
In the last few weeks I’ve been busy working with different groups from around Edinburgh.
I ran two sessions with The Welcoming, a charity that supports people who are new to Edinburgh. They took part in tours around the People’s Story and the Museum Collections Centre. We also looked at some museum objects to instigate discussions about Edinburgh and how things differ in other countries. The group now intends to create a ‘Newcomers box’ of objects that tell stories of the participants’ journeys to Edinburgh.
Our partnership with Children in Scotland on their Heritage Hunters project continues and we’re working together with the Citadel Youth Centre’s young mums group. We held two sessions with a group of young mums and their babies exploring what it’s like to be a young mum today and how parenting might have changed. We looked at objects from our baby reminiscence box, which tied in well to the current exhibition at the Museum of Childhood, Bringing up Baby. The exhibition explores the dilemmas of parenthood and is well worth a visit to see how things have changed! The young mums then worked with writer Mike Nicholson to create a storybook about being a mum, for their children to read when they are older.
I’ve also run some reminiscence sessions with the Scottish War Blinded centre and Ratho over 50s group. It’s always interesting to hear about people’s memories and I learned some new terms including a ‘pouring out’ which was when wedding parties distributed small change for children!
If you’d like to find out more about booking one of our loan or reminiscence boxes, please have a look at the website.