The Wee Museum of Memory

The Wee Museum of Memory The Wee Museum is packed full of objects from days gone by which you can pick up to spark memories The Wee Museum of Memory is free to enter.
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At our two reminiscence centre museums you can come in and do some impromptu reminiscing. There is usually one of our team available for a blether. Feel free to pick up objects and look at our nostalgic photographs. Primary school children, handling the wide variety of objects on display, ask what some of them could possibly be used for. Brought up with light-touch computer keyboards, they exclaim

at how hard they have to press the keys of the old typewriters to make an impression. Dialling a number on the old telephone “takes ages” to a generation raised on push buttons and speed dialling. They find it hard to believe that teachers were actually allowed to thrash children of a bygone era with the leather tawse. Some things don’t change, though and they can quickly get the knack of keeping a yo-yo in motion or clicking the lever of a View-master to look at a succession of pictures of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat etc. Older people nostalgically handle the Box Brownies, recalling posing for family snaps or turn the handle of the Singer sewing machine, remembering their mum making their party frock. Sometimes music floats through the room as somebody picks out a tune on the piano or shoulders an accordion to recreate a Jimmy Shand moment. The smell of a National Dried Milk tin or a pretty little bottle of Evening in Paris or even a chunky bar of Carbolic soap from the ledge of the scrubbing board can be powerfully evocative. A lot of the household gadgets and old woodwork tools bring memories flooding back and visitors from as near as Leith and as far away as Australia find common ground as they reminisce and tell their stories to each other.

Thursday morning activity and reminiscence group...We will be restarting our regular sessions in the The Wee Museum of M...
11/01/2024

Thursday morning activity and reminiscence group...
We will be restarting our regular sessions in the The Wee Museum of Memory Living Memory Association Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre on Thursday 18th January with a slide show and music reminiscing about dancing and dance halls. Did you ever go to the dancing on a Friday or Saturday night? Do you remember swing or jiving or even doing the twist? What was your favourite dance?
Come along at 11.00 for tea, coffee wtih excellent biscuits, and join in the chat. All welcome.

08/01/2024

As New Year sets in we are looking at a week of cold temperatures and this photo from the late 1940s of D'Inverno's store and ice cream shop certainly sets the tone!

Still, the messages must get done and this blizzard hasn't stopped the shoppers on West Granton Road, with Granton Gasworks clearly visible in the background.

We are grateful to Lydia and Anna - the daughters of Gerry and Gina D'Inverno who kept shop here for over 30 years - for their generous donation of this and other pictures from their family collection!

This and other D'Inverno photos can be seen at our 'Away for the Messages' retail reminiscence project at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre

Did you get your hair done at Annette's salon? Or maybe you shopped at D'Inverno's big shop or at Terry's which was also on this parade?

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30/12/2023

We’re delighted to announce the date of our Edinburgh Winter Warmer event. Come and hear more about our work connecting communities, chat with inspirational people and find out more about the Living Memory Association.

On Saturday 27th January we are inviting you to join us at the The Wee Museum of Memory in Leith, Edinburgh bringing some of our network members together over a wee bite to eat and warm drink.

Whether we’ve connected recently or our paths haven’t crossed in a really long while or are yet to meet, it would be truly lovely to catch up with you!

Book you space and join us for this free informal get-together and get connected to other community do-ers!

https://events.more-human.co.uk/event/winter-warmer--ocean-terminal-edinburgh-with-eden-project-communities-events

24/12/2023

A very merry Christmas to our page followers and everyone who enjoyed our pictures, videos and podcasts or stepped through the doors of The Wee Museum of Memory. Also a big thank you to all our funders and to our wonderful pals at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre for giving us spaces to carry out our work.

We leave you for now with a Portobello family Christmas picture from 1952. Joan Dougan is the baby in the centre.

And with some lovely memories of Edinburgh’s Christmas past at the link below…

https://thelivingmemoryassociation.libsyn.com/ghosts-of-christmas-past-volume-2

Have a wonderful time tomorrow, Happy Christmas to all!

22/12/2023

Joyce goes back from the Wee Museum to 1960s Portobello to remember a present that she was very disappointed with. Can you remember a Christmas gift that you had to pretend to like?

It's nearly the end of the year and we would like to thank all the folk who have come along to our Thursday morning acti...
22/12/2023

It's nearly the end of the year and we would like to thank all the folk who have come along to our Thursday morning activity and reminiscence sessions. We've tried a lot of different things this year: circus skills, singing, abstract art with Alansabstract2021, exercises, painted Easter eggs, made fridge magnets using seashells, collages and decoupage, painted ceiling tiles in the The Wee Hub brought to you by The Living Memory Association, decorated old tea pots, listened to improv music from Connor a student at the , decorated and repurposed packaging for Christmas presents, reminisced about films, tv ads, our favourite recipes, family photos... and blethered about our lives and memories. We've had laughs, sympathy, amazement and shock, but lots of fun and friendship.

If you would like to come along - or know someone who might be interested - we restart on Thursday 18th January; no need to book. 11.00 am. Tea, coffee and excellent biscuits!

Our reminiscence session at the Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1300 is   themed comb...
18/12/2023

Our reminiscence session at the Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1300 is themed combined with our traditional old photo slideshow, and alongside the usual tea, coffee and excellent biscuits there may be an appearance by mince pies. Always free and no need to book, hopeto see you there!
(Pic shows a Evelyn Markey Visiting Santa Claus At The Patrick Thomson Department Store c.1949

The person taking the part of Santa Claus was Andre Letta, a professional magician and popular entertainer, who regularly performed at Portobello’s Bath Street Pavillion during the 1930s.

Photography – Santa Claus Picture Company, 27 Hope Street, Glasgow)

15/12/2023

Wee Museum visitor Sofia remembers walking the with her Dad in

15/12/2023

talk tomorrow! Saturday 16th December 11.00am & 2.00pm Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
From our Edinburgh's Co-operative movement. See our Facebook events page. Limited seats.
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12/12/2023

🥛 a milkman pictured on his rounds at Bowmore, Islay, Argyll c1965.
Children are playing on the cart as the milkman delivers the milk. With the creation of the Scottish Milk Marketing Board in 1933, milk producers, hauliers and distributors were gradually able to invest in better equipment for milking, storing and processing a product, which had to be handled as hygienically as possible.
This photograph is part of the Alasdair Alpin MacGregor Collection. He spent most of his life as a freelance writer and photographer, travelling, photographing and writing about Scotland and the Hebrides in particular. He had a romantic view of Scotland and of Gaeldom especially. Following his wishes, on his death in 1970, his widow donated his photographic collection to the National Museums of Scotland.
From National Museums Scotland archives via Scran
https://ow.ly/ZXtO50QbAAz

12/12/2023

From our Wee Museum Joyce returns to 1968 Edinburgh to reminisce about an unexpected delivery request. Do you have any tenement stories?

This Thursday at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre…
11/12/2023

This Thursday at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre…

08/12/2023

*Podcast Episode 7: *A Midas Touch*

Join us for Episode 7 as we unfold the fascinating story of someone with the Midas touch, the good fortune side of the Midas touch, anyway...
Starting in hotel management in Bulawayo, Shupikai later moved to Botswana as an assistant manager and also ran a successful taxi business on the side.
Despite losing her mother at a young age and a modest upbringing, Shupikai has always had a knack for generating and maintaining cash over credit and strongly believes in financial independence.

England beckoned, and although it seemed wild initially, a job awaited her, as she already had family living in the UK. And then a visit to Scotland led to an unexpected management role in a car dealership. Seizing every opportunity that came her way, Shupikai relocated and made Scotland her home.
It is a refreshing episode in a journey where success has followed every step of her life, the Midas touch for sure.

Link in the first comment👇
Also available on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ddNQUTTnE2yYLrNf13tig?si=zy_aKZgIQkquN6y5_omqug

07/12/2023

From our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal regular visitor Sofia looks back on her & of the Gaiety & Lex McLean

07/12/2023

Our fabulous pals at The Forget Me Notes Project will be performing Christmas songs on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre across from Vue Cinema Edinburgh Ocean Terminal tomorrow (Friday 8th) from 1400 to 1500, don’t miss it!

Today at 1100…
07/12/2023

Today at 1100…

Today at 1300…
05/12/2023

Today at 1300…

This Thursday’s 1100 group will be ...’PICK AN OBJECT’ week at our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shoppin...
05/12/2023

This Thursday’s 1100 group will be ...’PICK AN OBJECT’ week at our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Come along and select and share memories prompted by something from our displays. Reminiscence & hot gossip mixed with free tea and biscuits, pop along and join us, no need to book!

04/12/2023
Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th) at 1300 in our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre we have our reminisc...
04/12/2023

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th) at 1300 in our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre we have our reminiscence group and slideshow of old Edinburgh photos with John. Excellent chat and memories accompanied by top notch tea and biscuits, free and no need to book. Hope to see you there!
(Photo is from c.1965 and shows Jean Crawford (née Fortune).
Jean’s father, uncle, and grandfather, were all taxi drivers. Her husband David bought this vehicle to use as a runaround. David became a mechanic working at his father-in-law’s business, maintaining the taxis during the week, and driving them at the weekend.)

01/12/2023

From our Wee Museum Sofia remembers her Mum pulling on the big red suit in the early 1950s

What's on at the Wee Museum...Read our latest blog - Another Busy Year.
30/11/2023

What's on at the Wee Museum...
Read our latest blog - Another Busy Year.

Another busy year has passed… Another busy year has gone by so quickly at the Wee Museum of Memory/The Living Memory Association. Although the Wee Hub (Debenhams version) has closed, we will be managing some smaller units in the centre to provide hubs and space for artists, dancers, and children. ...

28/11/2023
28/11/2023
27/11/2023

This Saturday we're out dancing with the staff from Andersons bakers in 1971.

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The Wee Museum Of Memory, Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH66JJ

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 10:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4pm
Friday 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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+447714783726

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