A lovely guitar version of a favourite Christmas carol - Silent Night. Played for us be one of our visitors - Hugo Zuleta - today. 🎅🏻
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.
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.
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A lovely guitar version of a favourite Christmas carol - Silent Night. Played for us be one of our visitors - Hugo Zuleta - today. 🎅🏻
Catch up on news about our Thursday morning activity group...
Object of the day at our Wee Museum here on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this smarties box, introduced by our very own Joyce. Did you ever get a box of these in your stocking along with your tangerine?
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Object of the Day at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this ‘Janet and John’ book from 1949. Did you have one of these growing up?
Recipe of the day today in our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is Christmas Pudding (appropriately in these dark financial times also including a budget version!) from Mrs Beeton’s Cookery Book 1937 edition. We have hundreds of recipes from the distant past, come and see them soon!
A huge thank you to Age Scotland for the Christmas treats at our reminiscence groups!
Object of the day at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this Dr Who annual from 1977. Who was the Doctor when you were growing up?
Object of the day at our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this bottle of Old Spice. Do you remember splashing it on in the 1970s?
A huge thank you to Daniel Coleman and Hamish Maxwell for their wonderful Leith Christmas Appeal which has gathered a huge amount of toys, many of which will go to the Ukrainian children on the boat docked in Leith (thanks to Caroline for her own collection and for facilitating this) and the rest will be added to our free community play area for local children at The Wee Hub brought to you by The Living Memory Association in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
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We are looking for new short-term volunteers to help with the annual spring clean at Lauriston Castle. For more information, please check out our volunteering page 👇
Join us this morning at 1100 in our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre for a sing song, with great chat, reminiscence, tea, biscuits and Xmas treats!
Singing, reminiscing and cakes galore at John’s Christmas gathering in our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre!
Object of the day is the much loved Co-op stamp book…
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Object of the day at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this Izal toilet paper, seen in schools in Edinburgh and beyond in the 60s and 70s. Some things don’t bring back fond memories, do you remember this stuff?!
An intense session of Christmas Bingo took place this morning in our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, with Naomi triumphant! See you next week at 1100 for our Xmas sing song!
Our 1100 nattering and chattering group involves some Xmas bingo this morning, come along and join us for biscuits, tea, chat and shouting ‘HOUSE’ in triumph!
Object of the day at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is the Tressy doll. Did you have one of these growing up?
This photograph perfectly illustrates the importance of taking children to museums
A selection of wonderful decorations were created by the 1100 nattering and chattering group at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre today. Hope to see you next week!
Join Team Joyce tomorrow (Thursday) at 1100 in our Wee Museum at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre for Xmas decoration creation combined with only the finest chat and the best biscuits! All welcome!
Here's some of your Christmas present problems sorted. Our wonderful old map of Leith in a jigsaw. It will keep that annoying member of the family (in-laws, kids, uncle, etc) quiet for hours!!!! Map of old Leith jigsaw - just £12.99 from https://livingmemory.org.uk/shop.php
Object of the day at our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is this tin of Capital Oat Cakes from circa 1930s/40s. The company was based in Restalrig, . Does anyone remember eating these or perhaps have a relative who worked at the factory?
Object of the day at our Wee Museum is this magnificent pipe. Did you have a relative who smoked one?
Exclusive footage of our intensely competitive Beetle Dive at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre this morning. World Cup style shocks galore as defending champion and favourite Naomi lost her titles to May and Joyce!
Tomorrow’s nattering, chattering and reminiscence group will be diving into extreme beetle drive competition! No need to book, just join us at 1100 on Thursday!
Today’s 1100 nattering and chattering summit will be blethering about great old Scots words. What is your favourite? Come and join us for the perfect mix of biscuits, tea and chat at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
Object of the day in our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre Leith is this wonderful picture (date unknown) of the Jane Street Mission Handbell team. I imagine you would need a very strong side to go up against these lads!
Mannequin decoration and styling complete! Our 1100 chat group decided his name was Harry, he was a sporty type (hence the golf club), a bit of a man about town (selection of bow ties), well travelled (a new bow tie from every country!) and possibly a pipe smoking journalist!
1100 today in the Wee Museum, come and join us for a natter…
Join our chat and reminiscence group tomorrow at 1100 in The Wee Museum of Memory Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre when team Joyce will be nattering and decorating mannequins whilst simultaneously eating lovely biscuits and drinking tea.
This Thursday our 1100 gathering will be nattering, chattering, reminiscing AND making Christmas cards with Dot. All welcome, no need to book, just pop along and join us at our Wee Museum on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre
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If only these objects could talk, they would no doubt have some stories to tell of big nights in, with someone standing up and ‘doing a turn’. Did you have a relative who would sing or recite poetry whenever a crowd was gathered?
Our Wee #Museum of Memory in The Centre Livingston is packed with great objects from the past, pop in and see us soon for a trip into the past…
This Thursday 1100 at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre sees the return of our monthly singing group, as always all are welcome and no talent is required! All shares appreciated to all who might fancy a natter and a sing song.
Downstairs from our Wee Museum today and brought to you by Living Memory Association we have an amazing summer Fayre at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre Wee Hub from 1200-1500. Loads of free things to do, hope to see you there!
Singing group is today at 1100 here at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre with a Scottish theme. Come along and join us!
Our old pal and Wee Museum visitor Tommy Carson has his funeral and final standing ovation tomorrow. Here are his 8 tips for a good life from 99 years of experience…
Our comfy corner at the Wee #Museum is a very relaxing place to grab a magazine from the mists of time and sit down for a break. You can also have a look at some of our magnificent radios and TVs from the past, does anyone remember encountering these growing up?
Our branch of the Wee #Museum in The Centre Livingston is open Monday to Friday and is packed with wonderful treasures from #daysgoneby. Do any of these items bring back memories for you?
A wealth of fabulous toys, activities, books and games are available for children here at our Wee #Museum of Memory in Ocean Terminal #Leith. Combine it with a visit to our Wee Hub brought to you by Living Memory Association on the floor below and you can enjoy a whole day of free entertainment for the wee ones!
We have quite a lot of old #technology here at The Wee Museum from Nokia, Apple and long lost companies such as Amstrad. What was the first bit of tech you owned that genuinely made a big difference to your life?
Our Wee #Museum here on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is packed with brilliant objects from the past, and we also have a lovingly crafted reproduction of an #Edinburgh pub which was made many years ago by Jean Taylor. Pop in and see us soon, and check out a wee hostelry where the regulars never stop drinking…
Our featured shelves today contain the usual smorgasbord of treasures from days gone by? Do any of these items bring back memories?
Today’s featured mag at our Wee Museum is ‘Love Affair’ from 9th October 1971 costing 8p. Sadly the 16 page fun guide to fortune telling has gone missing! Bang goes our new career path. Come in and read this and many more brilliant old magazines and papers on Edinburgh’s comfiest couches 7 days a week!
Our Thelma Podcasts studio at The Wee Museum has helped us put together over 100 wonderful shows packed with great memories of the past. Check out the full range at the following link on our excellent website https://www.livingmemory.org.uk/podcast.php and have a listen to a clip from ‘The Thelma Tapes’ music memories edition below. Our doors are always open for recording a good story, please pop in to see us on the top floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre to preserve it for posterity!
We have a great studio here at The Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre which is where we record and put the finishing touches to our wide range of Thelma Podcasts (all available via https://www.livingmemory.org.uk/podcast.php) Not many people know this but if you have dreams of creating your own #podcast or interviewing a family member it is also available to hire by donation, contact us through this page, the Living Memory Association page or at [email protected] to book some time. Studio Tuition and #podcast training also available. All shares much appreciated thank you!
Here at our Wee #museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre we are open 7 days a week. We have thousands of donated items from the 1890s to the 1980s including this wonderful selection of #toys and #games which (as we are a hands on museum) you can pick up and play with (very gently in some cases!). Come and see us soon, all shares much appreciated! Did you have any of these toys and games?
Featured toy at our wee #museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre is Meccano, of which we have some great pieces from the 1950s. Did you play with this occasionally quite complex building toy when you were young?
Our YouTube channel is packed with great #reminiscence resources for helping to spark #memories at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbZSZ0sIUenv3d5YqCsYLB using items donated to our Wee Museum over the years. Below is one of our videos looking back at music players from #daysgoneby
Many of our tables here at the Wee Museum are themed, this one around going out. As is always the way though, there are a selection of extra random objects thrown in to the mix! Do any of these things bring back #memories?
A quick tour of our record players, cassette recorders and radios at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre #Leith Many tunes will have blasted out into living rooms from these over the years. What was your favourite thing to play music on when you were growing up?
A visit to sports corner at our Wee Museum in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre #Leith today, featuring a mixture of fun hobbies and glorious competition triumphs swathed in the mists of time!
Today’s featured shelves at our Wee Museum in Leith. Do any of these objects bring back stories or memories?
We have over a thousand donated #records here at The Wee Museum, lovingly catalogued by volunteer Mark and stored in our record room. Also in this video is our studio, which is available to hire by donation if you are looking to start your own #podcast
At our Wee Museum in #Leith we have a lot of donated school photos in our image archive, many of which are up on our walls. It’s always very powerful to see people at the start of lives which have already been lived. Pop in to see them soon, we are open 7 days a week…
We have a great selection of toys that can be pushed, rocked and ridden for smaller visitors to our Wee Museum here at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Open 7 days with free parking and free entry! Did you have a favourite toy to sit on or push in your early years?
We have a wide selection of great #sewing and #knitting paraphernalia at our Wee Museum, do any of these objects bring back memories? Come and see these and thousands of other great objects from the past at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in our unit right beside Royal Yacht Britannia, we are open 7 days a week.
We are always keen to gather memories of the past here at The Wee Museum. If you have a story to tell that you would like saved for posterity drop us a message and we can arrange a time for you to record it at our studio or over Zoom. Here is a clip from our Thelma Tapes podcast (https://thelivingmemoryassociation.libsyn.com and on Apple Podcasts & Spotify), this edition based around home remedies from days gone by…
We have many visitors to our Wee Museum here at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, and some of the smaller ones very much enjoy a play with our dolls’ houses. This means that they are in constant disarray, despite our occasional attempts to keep them tidy! Do you have memories of a beloved dolls house growing up?
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