Students working with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

Diana Morton, 16.04.2012
Edinburgh Museums & Galleries has developed an intergenerational project with pupils and communities to create The Wee Museum of Newhaven, a permanent exhibition space in Victoria Primary School.

For the initial project, which ran in winter 2010, the children researched local history by visiting the Haven, an older people’s group at Newhaven Church. They discussed memories of the area and one of the group later visited the school to share his memories.

The school also borrowed loan boxes of objects from the museums.  

A group of children then visited the museum stores to select objects for their exhibition. The children also took photographs, which were displayed on the museum service’s Flickr page.

The exhibition Fishwives and School Lives opened in the school in January 2011 with a big community event. The museum is now open to the public via guided tours led by the children.

In winter 2011 a new class updated the displays. They explored boat building in the local area with the involvement of a local community group, the Newhaven Coastal Rowers.

They also visited the museum stores and took part in a drama session exploring their topic.

The Wee Museum is a permanent display space and we hope to return to the project with a different class each year to update the displays.

The project was funded by the Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice.  

Diana Morton is the outreach and access manager at the City of Edinburgh Council