The Museums Collection Centre is an amazing treasure trove of objects spanning a wide range of subjects.

Visitors taking one of our tours can view a huge array of objects not currently on display at the Museums of Edinburgh, Childhood and the People’s Story. Many are classified as Social History; these include tools and technology from local industries such as printing or brewing; familiar domestic objects from granny’s kitchen and parlour; shop signs and billboards which were part of everyday community life; as well as more decorative Scottish pottery and glass.


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Some groups of objects relate to communities such as Leith or Newhaven, who had quite specific local trades, or to businesses which once thrived along the coast, but have long since disappeared.

Together, these varied collections tell us so much about the lives of local people from the past. 

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Scottish manufacturing may be of specialist interest, but within Edinburgh it produced, among other things, items in pottery or glass which combine function and beauty and which are truly stunning to look at.  There is something for everyone in the childhood section, from dolls houses, prams, bicycles and train sets.

All the objects have stories to tell us - who made them, who used them and what they were for, and taking a tour will open new windows into the past. Although the Centre is primarily a storage and research facility (and therefore many items are boxed for conservation purposes, or are stored in cabinets and racks), there is still much on open display to see.

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Museum of Childhood

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The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays...

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