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No day out on the Royal Mile is complete without a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh, where the City’s past is brought vividly to life. Visit the new 'Foundation Edinburgh - The Story of a City' audio visual show to learn about Edinburgh's history and the characters who shaped it. Decipher the signatures on the National Covenant and imagine the Royal Mile as the hub of Scottish society and politics. Admire the silverware – work produced by metalworkers called hammermen whose craft guild owned part of this building in former times. Then there is the glassware, much of it made and engraved in the Canongate close by the Museum. There are long case clocks from Edinburgh and a wide range of Scottish pottery. Look at our sedan chair, old town models and James Craig’s New Town plans - what a contrast between old and new. You can see Greyfriars Bobby’s collar and bowl, dress up in our replica costumes and get creative in our interactive space.
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This page is no longer active and will soon close. We are hugely thankful to all our wonderful followers and Museum of Edinburgh supporters who have helped create and sustain this page over the years. We very much hope that you will continue to do so, and follow our new Museums & Galleries Edinburgh page which will capture news, events and stories from across each of our 13 varied and fascinating venues including; the City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle, Museum of Childhood, Travelling Gallery, The Writers’ Museum, Nelson Monument, People’s Story, Queensferry Museum, Scott Monument and of course, The Museum of Edinburgh. Please like and share our new page and continue to discover Edinburgh’s fascinating history and culture through our wonderful collection. Thank you for your support!
Encompassing 13 varied and fascinating venues across the city, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh offer a unique glimpse of Edinburgh’s world-famous history, architecture and its people throughout the years to surprise both residents and visitors alike.
We are hugely thankful to all our wonderful followers and Museum of Edinburgh supporters who have helped create and sustain this page over the years. We very much hope that you will continue to do so, as we are making some changes. From late summer, this page will close as we are realigning our individual venue pages into one collective page in which we will share regular updates and news across Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. We very much welcome you to like, follow and continue to engage with Edinburgh’s wonderful history and stories and we'll share the new page when it's live. Thank you.
We know you ❤️ maps. Join us for our free digital lecture 'Canongate to Castlehill: Exploring the Royal Mile on Historic Map'- This talk by Laragh Quinney will explore the history of the Royal Mile from the 1500s to the present day via maps! Join via Eventbrite and we will send you the joining link.
It's #BritishFlowersWeek this week, and we love this jug featuring thistles by Robert Heron Pottery, dating from 1895 from our collection.
Good morning...it's blue and white from Museum of Edinburgh this morning...
A Knife Grinder, Walter Geikie
Walter Geikie was born in Edinburgh on 10 November 1795. At the age of two he suffered a "nervous fever" which left him deaf. Through the careful attention of his father he obtained a good education. Before he had the advantage of the instruction of a master he had attained considerable proficiency in sketching both figures and landscapes from nature, and in 1812 he was admitted into the drawing academy of the board of Scottish manufactures. He first exhibited in 1815, and was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1831, and a fellow in 1834.
In the 1830s Walter was living with his father, Archibald Geikie, a hairdresser and perfumer, at 2 Drummond Street in the south side of the city.
Owing to his want of feeling for color, Geikie was not a successful painter in oils, but he sketched in India ink with great truth and humor the scenes and characters of Scottish lower-class life in his native city. A series of etchings which exhibit very high excellence were published by him in 1829-1831 and a collection of eighty-one of these was republished posthumously in 1841, with a biographical introduction by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, Bart.
He died on 1 August 1837 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, however a memorial was erected to his memory on the western boundary wall in 1996.
It's Pet Appreciation Week. Everyone's favourite wee dog from history is Greyfriars Bobby!
One of Edinburgh's most best loved stories is the legend of the devotion and loyalty of Greyfriars Bobby. The origins the Skye Terrier are shrouded in mystery. In one version of the story, he was owned by John Gray, an Edinburgh Police Constable, who died in February1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. According to legend, Bobby sat devotedly by his grave for 14 years.
Another version, which was the subject of Eleanor Atkinson's book (1912) and the Walt Disney film, is that he belonged to John Gray, (Auld Jock) a shepherd from the Pentland Hills, who died on a visit to Edinburgh in 1858. There was a shepherd named John Gray who had digs in Bristo place, opposite Greyfriars Kirkyard and died within days of John Gray the policeman. He was however buried not at Greyfriars but in East Preston Street graveyard.
It is however well documented that Bobby became a familiar figure around Greyfriars Kirkyard, where he was fed and given shelter by local residents. Sergeant Scott of the Royal Engineers trained Bobby to associate the One O'Clock gun with his dinner time and from 1862 his appearances at Traill's Restaurant rooms at 6 Greyfriars Place became a daily spectacle.
In 1867 a new duty on dogs was introduced, putting Bobby in danger as he had no legal owner. By now his story had reached important public figures and the Lord Provost, William Chambers, paid the licence fee and gave Bobby an inscribed collar. Bobby died in 1872 and a year later a memorial, commissioned by Baroness Burdett-Coutts, was unveiled.
This and many other City of Edinburgh Council Museums & Galleries exhibits related to Greyfriars Bobby are on display at the Museum of Edinburgh.
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We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We recognise the urgency for action and that we need to play our part in that change. We have a duty to examine our collections and ourselves so that we can stand up to racism. Not just today, but in the future.
It's not just the objects in our galleries but the actual buildings that speak a thousand words....
Historic Environment Scotland
On this day (4 June) in 1694, The Merchant Maiden Hospital was established in Edinburgh’s Cowgate by local businesswoman Mary Erskine.
Although called a ‘hospital’, the building was not for curing the sick as we'd understand the word today. In fact, it was a school for the education and housing of women who had fallen on hard times.
The Merchant Maiden Hospital would go on to change its name to The Mary Erskine School. It also moved premises and is now based in Ravelston, and closely twinned with Stewart Melville’s College.
This image from our archives is © Edinburgh City Libraries, and licensed by SCRAN.
We miss our visitors, but we can still certainly add some cheer to the Royal Mile even on the dullest day. Happy Thursday. :) Royal Mile Old Town, Edinburgh
We just love the simplicity of this beautiful piece of pottery.
It's #VolunteersWeek2020. We are so thankful to all the volunteers who work across our service making so many things possible. We could not do it without you. Here are some of our interpretation volunteers.
Canongate Tolbooth with Huntly House...a very perfect part of Edinburgh.
A wonderful old photograph of the Old Town
A horse and cart makes its way down the cobblestone road of Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh. One of the houses has an external stone staircase, a lamp-post stands opposite this house. Just visible is a tomb in Greyfriars Churchyard which sits just above the graveyard wall. This is a photograph by a member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society.
G.G. Mitchell, 1890 capitalcollections.org.uk
We absolutely love this tantalizing glimpse into our courtyard. We will be back soon!
Though much of the Royal Mile remains temporarily closed, we can’t help but look forward to going back-in-time with their upcoming exhibitions! A well-loved staple of the Canongate area, The Museum of Edinburgh is only a short walk down the mile from our front door. #FromEdinburghWithLove
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We are just loving this gorgeous honey pot from our collection at Museum of Edinburgh. A sweet addition to the breakfast table. 🐝🐝🐝
Our building immortalised in a gorgeous piece of pottery.
We adore this vase with a hand painted Iris flower. We hope to be open in the not too distant future to welcome you back to all our galleries.
Robert Heron Pottery, 1895
Today we commemorate V.E. Day. V.E. Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945.
This list of blackout times for Edinburgh between January and March during World War 2 shows just one of the restrictions to normal life imposed by the War. As V.E. Day approaches, we remember the sacrifices of all kinds made by the people of Edinburgh and beyond.
The blackout was designed to ensure enemy aircraft were unable to find sites and settlements where bombing might be attempted. Businesses and home-owners were required to comply. Thick blackout curtains were hung in windows, buses had their headlights shaded, and street lighting was extinguished. Moving through Edinburgh during the blackout was difficult and sometimes unnerving. People bumped into each other if the moon wasn't bright, and drivers found it difficult to spot pedestrians. Some people wore reflective or glowing badges to make themselves more visible, and most stayed at home as much as possible.
Some of Museum Galleries Edinburgh's fascinating wartime objects can be discovered on www.CapitalCollections.org.uk
We love this gorgeous piece of Robert Heron pottery with hand painted violet flowers and scalloped rim. It dates from 1885.
Something for you to try today...
Incredible images of the Royal Mile...
Incredible image of an empty Royal Mile this morning as seen from the top of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Credit: Ross Boon, Technical Manager
We miss the blossom trees opposite the museum. Captured by Kevin Fraser.
Just some details from Museum of Edinburgh. We look forward to welcoming you one day soon.
In the final of a The Edinburgh Evening News series in which five curators from our museums choose their favourite artefacts, Vicky Garrington and Helen Edwards shine the spotlight on a fish-shaped soup tureen and the many other quirky exhibits in the Museum of Edinburgh
How your all-day pyjamas, rainbow artwork and notes offering help could be part of an Edinburgh during coronavirus museum collection.
To help protect the health of our staff & visitors and in line with ongoing advice from the Government, our Museum & Galleries (City Art Centre, Museum of Edinburgh, Museum of Childhood, The People’s Story, The Writers’ Museum, Queensferry Museum, Lauriston Castle, Nelson and Scott Monuments) will remain closed until at least 9 July. All scheduled events in June and July have been postponed/cancelled.
During this period we will still bring you some stories and photos of our amazing buildings and objects over our social media channels.
Read about the underwater springs that brought fresh water to central Edinburgh in the 18th century. Each spring fed water to a collecting cistern called Comiston Spring House. This now listed building stands on Cockmylane - the path used by the author Robert Louis Stevenson to reach his house in nearby Swanston. Each pipe inside Comiston Spring House had a lead animal on top to mark which spring it was from. These animals now live in Museum of Edinburgh. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-50042933
Anna our curator is leading a tour around our Collection Centre on 14 November for Seachdainn na Gàidhlig – Edinburgh’s annual Gaelic Festival celebrating all aspects of the language and culture in the city. It’ll be the first Gaelic-language tour of the Collection Centre. http://edinburghgaelicfestival.com/?tribe_events=cuairt-timcheall-ionad-cruinneachaidhean-taighean-tasgaidh-museums-collections-centre-tour
We recently held our annual volunteers party at the Museum of Edinburgh. It was a lovely evening- thank you to all who came along!
And thanks to all our volunteers for the huge contribution they make to Museums & Galleries Edinburgh throughout the year.
Photos by volunteer Karmen-be.
Scottish Life + News
Characterful capital ▶️ A lovely shot by Janne of the Canongate and entrance to the quirky Museum of Edinburgh. 🏴 | 📸 Janne Olsen
In the July edition of the #ScottishBanner:
Explore the #PastLivesofLeith at the #MuseumofEdinburgh
Visitors to the Museum of Edinburgh can now explore the results of the largest excavation of a #medievalgraveyard undertaken in #Edinburgh.
Issue out now!
#HistoricScotland #TheBanner #ScotSpirit #LoveEdinburgh #Scotland #Medieval #Leith
Mimi's pop-up cafe is now open at the Museum of Edinburgh! Stop off for some coffee and cake after looking round the museum.
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10 to 15 minute walk from Edinburgh's Waverly Station Lothian Buses number 35 stops outside, other buses to the bridges then a short walk down the royal mile.
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