The Museums Collection Centre stores a huge variety of objects from the City’s Social History, Applied Arts and Childhood collections. We also have a small conservation lab. The building is accessible but some objects are stored on an upper floor accessed by a wide metal staircase with open risers and a handrail. Accessible toilets are available.
Tours are led by Museum Collections Centre staff and volunteers. Because we all have our own interests and perspectives, each tour is different.
To book, email MuseumCollectionsCentre@edinburgh.gov.uk or ring 0131 556 9536. Tours are free.
November 6th, 2pm - Women's Lives in Edinburgh
As artists, merchants, mothers, activists, and more, women have played an important role in the history of Edinburgh. Their stories are often hidden in plain sight: on the outside of a familiar building, the bottom of a piece of pottery, or a cardboard sign that might get thrown away. Explore behind the scenes at the Collections Centre to see what's not on display in the city museums, learn about how these objects are preserved and stored, and find out how Edinburgh Museums are working to record women's lives in the present day.
December 4th, 2pm - Material Matters: How we craft, collect and conserve Edinburgh's history
Come explore the vast variety of objects held in the Museum Collection Centre store and discover the lesser known history of the city. How It's Made meets How It Degrades, we'll learn about our material past and why it's so important to store and protect it. Featuring antique glass, weird uses for wood and melting dolls, this is a unique behind the scenes tour showcasing the complications of museum work and a treasure trove time capsule of history up close.
December 13th, 10.30am - Reekie Untold ; Stories from the Collections
From the civil wars to the Act of Union, Jacobites to Jack and the Beanstalk and fishwives to flatirons, come and find out about some of the surprising items in the collections, and the work going on by Museums Galleries Edinburgh curators and conservators. There's something for all interests, guaranteed!
February to March - tour guide to be confirmed. More details to come.