Would you like Edinburgh Museums & Galleries to come to you? Our Outreach Service takes the museums out into the community. We enable participation in museum activities and engage with those who, for whatever reason, do not already access our services.

The Outreach Programme aims:

•    To place local people at the heart of all we do
•    To engage with new audiences and enable access to museum resources
•    To develop innovative, strategic projects, working with communities as equal partners to increase engagement with our collections
•    To offer a range of materials for loan to communities
•    To evaluate our programmes to improve future provision

We have a range of handling boxes which can be borrowed for use with your group. These include loan boxes for schools and reminiscence boxes for older people’s groups. All of the handling boxes are free to borrow.

We can also offer facilitated talks and activities in community venues for schools and community organisations. These include object handling, art and exhibition development activities. We can also offer training on the use of our resources.

Please contact us to discover what we can do for you. Email us or phone 0131 529 6365.

To keep up to date with all the latest outreach news and to find out about our current projects, visit the Edinburgh Museums & Galleries Outreach blog.

Outreach staff working with young people

Loan Boxes

Explore history and travel the world with our exciting loan boxes. Each loan box is packed full of museum objects and teacher's notes and can be borrowed for use in the classroom.

The loan boxes will bring history and other cultures to life. The service is completely free and loan boxes can be borrowed for a two week period. 

Contents of a reminiscence box from the Museums' outreach service

Reminiscence Boxes

Do you remember when…?
Bring back the past with our range of reminiscence boxes.

Explore the war, everyday life, work and childhood by looking at and touching objects from the past. The boxes are available for any group of older people in the community to borrow free of charge.

Facilitated sessions and projects

Facilitated sessions and projects

We can bring our museum collections to you and lead sessions with your group. These can be one-off sessions with a loan or reminiscence box or longer projects.

Past projects

Past projects

Read about some of our past Outreach projects.