School's museum visit on 24th August 2011

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The primary school children were invited to the museum recently to learn all about how their museum works and to meet the many volunteers who are helping to make it such an impressive repository of their heritage. Lorraine King, the newly appointed Assistant Curator, introduced the children to all the curators starting in the main exhibition space where Bob Hay the (Curator of Objects), showed them salient features and told them they could visit anytime with no charge as long as they are accompanied. They were intrigued when Margaret Black (Curator Archive) gave them all white gloves before they could handle valuable old documents and files, and invited them to read from a school diary from several decades ago. They were intrigued by the photo of bare footed school children and Margaret explained that, as it was summer, they were saving their warm dry shoes for the bad weather. Barbara McDougall, the Librarian, taught them how to find books in the library by consulting a printed or an on-line catalogue and with Lorraine King they had fun identifying museum objects and imagining what they had been used for. Finally Jennifer Baker (Events Convenor) took them back in time to the reconstructed croft house which shows very graphically how people lived in earlier centuries. Refreshments in the cafe rounded off a very enjoyable afternoon.

Text and photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 28th August 2011

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Lorraine appointed as the Assistant Curator for the museum


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