The Teapot with a Tale

A good object is a wonderful thing, but a good object with a wonderful story is an even better thing! The stores here at the Museum Collections Centre are full of great stories. One of the best known tales of Auld Reekie can be told by this humble looking teapot. We knew of this teapot … Continue reading The Teapot with a Tale

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A Wee Loan to a Wee Museum

The collections here at the Collections Centre are here for everyone to enjoy. We reckon there are about 300,000 objects here, so it's unlikely they will all get their turn to be on display in our permanent galleries in the museum venues- not in the near future, at least! But they can be seen and … Continue reading A Wee Loan to a Wee Museum

All aboard for the holidays

With all this scorching hot weather, why go abroad this summer? Jump aboard and sail up the east coast to Leith on the "Fiona", a London and Edinburgh Shipping Company steamship. It promises to be a "delightful holiday by land and sea" at the Athens of the North. This fantastic poster was found in the … Continue reading All aboard for the holidays

Why inventory? Part 2 or “does a falling tree make a sound if no-one hears it?”

We saw in the last post how backlogs of unlisted, unsorted and unknown collections can build up in stores, and how the first step towards getting this sorted is to create an inventory. But what happens then? How does having a list of stored collections help the museum? And how does the museum visitor gain … Continue reading Why inventory? Part 2 or “does a falling tree make a sound if no-one hears it?”

Midsummer in Midlothian

Today's find is a beautiful little scrapbook, most likely belonging to a young person living in Edinburgh in the early 1870s. It's a purpose made "drawing book". At the time, compiling scrapbooks was a popular hobby, and people collected all sorts of material to stick down on pages of books, items of furniture and anything else … Continue reading Midsummer in Midlothian

Why inventory? Part 1 Or “How to tame your Dragon”

I thought I would write a little about why we are doing an inventory of collections at the Collection Centre. Creating a definitive list of the store’s contents is one of the most important jobs going on here. Keeping track of objects moving around the museums and galleries service is only possible if we know … Continue reading Why inventory? Part 1 Or “How to tame your Dragon”

Ready to dive into the wonderful world of museum stores?

Hi, and welcome to Reekie Untold, a blog about the work being carried out by staff and volunteers at Museums & Galleries Edinburgh on the collections in our stores. We've got a collection of over half a million items, and many of them are in our Museums Collection Centre store. They vary from tiny pieces … Continue reading Ready to dive into the wonderful world of museum stores?