For the past 10 years, the culture of our country has been celebrated as museums open their doors, vaults and imaginations. This month, celebrate it all at the Festival of Museums over a long weekend between the 13th and 15th of May.
Run by Museums Galleries Scotland (the national development body for Scotland’s museums and galleries), the programme offers something for everyone, of all ages and interests. From art exhibitions to night-time ceilidhs, nothing is really left out. There are even fancy dress parties for the kids and historical re-enactments.
Originally called Show Scotland, the Festival of Museums now features 100 day and night events, creatively curated to help visitors engage with museums in a different way – the hands on experience highlights a variety of events and the wealth of culture in Scotland. The festival promises a lot of exciting events you’ll be interested in this year – like a renaissance fashion show at Stirling Castle called In Vogue. Maybe it’s just me being a history nerd but, historical fashion? Set in a castle? Sounds awesome.
Glasgow’s Marvellous Medicine is an event on Saturday 14 May in which you can take a look into the city’s medical heritage at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. For all you nerds out there, of course there’s something for you. Super Sci Fi Saturday is a whole day devoted to comic book creation and features superhero fancy dress at the Coates Observatory.
Lauriston Castle has a hidden world of gardens, woodland and everything magical for you to discover on the lawns and in the courtyard of the castle. Creatures and critters will be eager to meet attendees and there will be storytelling, a magician, face painting and a woodland trail to have adventures in.
Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland Joanne Orr said, “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Museums. When the festival was established as Show Scotland in 2006 our goal was to ignite imaginations and showcase Scotland’s incredible range of museums and galleries.
Over the past decade, we have been able to fund and welcome hundreds of different museums and helped increase visitor numbers and sector expertise across the board. We’re excited to return for our 10th year and looking forward to the best festival yet.”
Clearly, there’s something here for everyone. This long weekend will make for a good trip to Edinburgh, to embrace yourself in the country’s culture and generally have a good time, exploring your interests and gaining a deeper understanding of it all.
Images sourced from http://www.festivalofmuseums.co.uk