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Auld Reekie Retold is a major three year project which connects objects, stories and people using Museums & Galleries Edinburgh’s collection of over 200,000 objects. Funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Museums Galleries Scotland, the project brings together temporary Collections Assistants and permanent staff from across our venues. The Auld Reekie Retold team are recording and researching our objects, then showcasing their stories through online engagement with the public. We hope to spark conversations about our amazing collections and their hidden histories, gathering new insights for future exhibitions and events.

Welcome to the Auld Reekie Retold Podcast from Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. This is our second episode, after the success of our first podcast we decided to keep on the dog theme and talk about the curious stories behind the dogs of the Writers Museum. We have been creating the podcast from home so please excuse any inconsistencies in the audio. Today you’ll hear from Gabriella Lawrie and Oliver Taylor, two of the team working on the Auld Reekie Retold project. They are talking about the three main authors of the Writers' Museum: Burns, Scott and Stevenson and their fantastic beasts!

For more information on the Writers Museum and the rest of the Museums & Galleries Edinburgh collections, head over to or join the conversation at @EdinCulture on Twitter, @museumsgalleriesedinburgh on Instagram and Museums & Galleries Edinburgh on Facebook. Tag us using #AuldReekieRetold

Auld Reekie Retold Podcast, episode 2 - Writer's Podcast

Images used in the video include:

Study for Sir Walter Scott and his Literary Friends at Abbotsford, Thomas Faed HRSA (1826-1900), credit Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, more information here
Sir Walter Scott in his study, Sir Francis Grant RA, HRSA, (1803-1878), credit Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
Sir Walter Scott Statue, The Scott Monument, credit Suzy Murray @ Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
R. L. Stevenson, Vailima, 1893, Count Girolamo Pieri Nerli (1853-1926), credit Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, more information here
Robert Louis Stevenson aged fifteen 1865, John Moffat, credit City of Edinburgh Council Libraries Service: Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, more information here 
Robert Louis Stevenson and his father 1860, John Moffat, credit City of Edinburgh Council Libraries Service: Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, more information here 
Robert Burns, After Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), credit Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, more information here
Burns and "Highland Mary", Sir Daniel MacNee, PPRSA, (1806-1882), credit Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, more information here
Statue of Robert Burns in Dumfries town centre. Photographer, Ron Waller. Sculpture, Amelia Hill, credit ISeneca, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, more information here


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