Learning & Outreach

Are you looking for materials to support a classroom project or want to arrange a visit to one of our museums? Are you interested in hearing about artists, architects, writers, history, and houses?

How about bringing your family to a fun hands-on workshop? Would you like to create a piece of art or make a beautiful object? Our Learning and Access section can help you with all this.


We arrange workshop and lecture programmes, help teachers with projects, give talks, organise activity areas in museums and galleries, develop materials, packs and  in-service days for teachers and organise events for different community groups in our venues. For information on Learning in our museums, contact Margaret Findlay in Learning and Access on 0131 529 3963.


Would you like the museum to come to you? The outreach service takes the museum out into the community.

We can book loan boxes and reminiscence boxes for schools and help community groups to develop exhibitions, we also offer talks and activities. Please contact us to discover what we can do for you. Email  or phone 0131 529 6365, or check out our Outreach and Access blog.

A child with artwork created using outreach materials and outreach staff support

Learning Materials

Are you planning to visit one of our venues? We have a wide range of easy to use worksheets and source material for teachers to use on self-led visits and in the classroom. We also have a range of exciting trails for families and students learning English as a foreign language.

To obtain copies of materials and for information and advice, contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager, on 0131 529 3963, or email margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk


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.