Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work…

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

We’re about halfway through our 2 month stint with Collections, and what have we seen? Things – beautiful things! From 18th century exercise books, to architectural plans, to personal correspondence (including a letter from Rabbie Burns himself!), we are getting our hands dirty (literally!) traversing the uncharted waters of the John Sinclair House archive –  re-discovering lost artworks, piecing together the life of William Notman, and, of course, learning valuable skills for the future!

But it’s not all ancient history; we’ve also attended seminars and workshops discussing and demonstrating how we can utilise the technologies of the digital age to bring these wonderful things out of the archive box and into the modern world. And, sometimes, we even get to go outside!

Here’s a selection of images from our heritage adventures so far…

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Did You Know?

Mesolithic and Neolithic flint and stone tools are the earliest of the discoveries in Holyrood Park – that’s as early as the 5th millenium BC

We learnt how to re-house materials

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Anna succeeding in the art of archive box-making.

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Lewis not so much…








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Attended an Augmented Reality workshop by CreativMuse at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Leith

Did You Know?

If you’re planning a trip to London, you can now enjoy the city throughout the ages thanks to the Museum of London’s AR app StreetMuseum, which allows you to see London of the past, right in front of your eyes!

We’ll be using it on our visit to there later in the year, we recommend you do too!

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Augmenting Reality – like a deleted scene from Inception.


And of course, we got on with more serious work too:

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Starting to make sense of the William Notman collection.

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Did You Know?

William Notman entered architectural competitions under the pseudonym “Alberti”; perhaps in homage to THE Renaissance Man Leon Battista Alberti?

Some Highlights from the Notman collection:

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And to bring you up to date…

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Beginning to categorise the large rolled drawings

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Using our detective skills to fill the gaps in the collection

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And making sure we were doing it all right!

And last but not least…


It was International Archives Day this Week! Wooo!


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