National Museums Scotland is bringing Brilliant Bugs to parks and museum grounds as part of Summer of Play. Brilliant Bugs offers families opportunities to explore the biodiversity in their area, connect with museum collections, work with an artist and meet The Undiscovered Creature by Georgie Mac, recently seen at Imaginate’s Edinburgh International Children's Festival, who will animate the spaces whilst exploring nature.
The Undiscovered Creature will also be encouraging family visitors to examine the natural world through imaginative play with pop-up performances at the National Museum of Rural Life and the National Museum of Flight on selected dates over summer 2021.
This event has been funded by Museums Galleries Scotland as part of the Scottish Government's Get into Summer programme, supporting opportunities for children and young people to socialise, play and reconnect this summer.
We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Kick the Dust fund support for our new ambitious youth engagement project, Scotland 365.
National Museums Scotland is the only single Scottish heritage organisation in receipt of this funding, totalling £776,000 over three years from 2018. Through Scotland 365 we will work with diverse young people to explore contemporary Scottish heritage.
Discover the Museum brings classes from schools who are not regular visitors, from areas of mid-high deprivation within Edinburgh, to the National Museum of Scotland for a free, self-led, supported visit.
The project aims to build the confidence and knowledge needed for pupils to return on their own in the future and to see the museum as a place that is accessible, friendly, and full of interesting artefacts and exhibits. For many, it is their first visit to the Museum. The project first ran between November 2018-March 2019.
Powering Up was a schools and communities science outreach project funded by the ScottishPower Foundation. Between 2017 and 2020 we worked with primary schools, families and communities in Midlothian, South Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire to take science engagement to them.
Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop prompted a lot of visitors to pick up their instruments again, dust off their collection of LPs and crank up their favourite tracks by Scottish musicians.
For the group of young women who live locally in Edinburgh and met each other for the first time in October 2018, this exhibition took them on a bigger journey.
Formed in summer 2015, our group of Young Demonstrators meet regularly to plan activities and events for other young people in the museum. So far they have created their own tours, given visitors the chance to dress up in our photo booth, run object handling for the public and even worked with an artist to create a comic strip about Dolly the sheep. They are now hard at work, with other young people, helping to shape our new Scotland 365 youth project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Kick the Dust programme.
From Spring 2018, we will be taking National Museums Scotland science engagement activities out to children and young people across Fife.
For more details, contact Jane Miller on email@example.com (Wed-Fri only) or Clare Meakin on firstname.lastname@example.org at the National Museum of Scotland, or Nina Collins at Fife Young Carers on email@example.com.
Students in their second year of HND Television at Edinburgh College Milton Road campus were given a brief to create three-minute videos in response to an artefact or display at National Museums Scotland.
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In a partnership programme supported by Craft Scotland, we are working with two outstanding Scottish-based craft-makers to run a series of high-quality craft workshops and events at the National Museum of Scotland.
Joanna Kessel delivered four workshops in January and February, making mosaic pieces inspired by the museum collections.
Laura Murray delivered three fun and experimental workshops in March, looking at artefacts in the Museum's collection for inspiration. Participants designed, sketched and experimented with colour, then translated their designs onto metal, learning techniques such as hammering, filling, drilling and forming.
For more information, contact Laura Bennison on firstname.lastname@example.org for the National Museum of Scotland (tel: 0131 247 4435 Mon, Tues only).