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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories


Museum of Childhood
[Exhibition]

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:10 October 2016 - 24 February 2017
Cost: Free

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This exhibition celebrates the power of bedtime stories to inspire the imagination.


Historic toys, magical projections and a collection of quilts by artists and amateurs create an atmospheric display for all the family.

Toys from the Museum of Childhood’s collection bring to life poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, recalling his Edinburgh childhood around 1860. As in ‘The Land of Counterpane’, a bedspread becomes a landscape for marching soldiers, and a procession of wonderful animals and characters lead to the town of Sleep as described in ‘Young Night Thought’. Beautifully coloured Magic Lantern slides illuminate the room, as they did in children’s nurseries of the late 1800s.

To bring these memories up to date, the centrepiece of the exhibition is the large Bedtime Stories Quilt. Made by over 60 children and adults from across the UK, individual artworks come together into a patchwork of early memories and fond reminiscences. Which stories do you remember?

We are also delighted to display the quilt made by Valerie Greeley to illustrate Adele Geras’s poem The Dream Quilt. In the book, a mother embroiders stories which come to life in her baby’s dreams.

The exhibition also includes picture books for children, and a chance to contribute your own favourite bedtime stories to a wall of memories, sponsored by the Centre for Literature and Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

More information about the Bedtime Stories Quilt project can be found at storiesofchildhood.wordpress.com

Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland

Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland


Museum of Edinburgh
[Exhibition]

2016 marks 40 years since Scottish Women’s Aid was founded, bringing together a network of local Women’s Aid groups across Scotland. This pioneering movement brought about a sea...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Dates:11 November 2016 - 28 January 2017
Cost: Free

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A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:19 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
Cost: Free

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Peter Randall-Page:  Works on Paper

Peter Randall-Page: Works on Paper


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Peter Randall-Page’s work is largely informed by the study of organic form and the natural world.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:3 December 2016 - 12 February 2017
Cost: Free

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