Museums Make Memories: #MuseumsSparkJoy

Corrigall Farm Museum

Corrigall Farm Museum, Orkney

With all museums closed due to lockdown most have put their collections online so that visitors can still explore the wonderful artefacts they contain.

Monday 18th of May is International Museums Day.  To celebrate the role museums of all kinds have in our community for learning and experiencing our history the Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), the National Development Body for the Scottish museum sector, are asking people to get involved with #MuseumsSparkJoy, a social media campaign on International Museum Day

Shetland museum and archive

Shetland Museum and Archives

The campaign follows on from the success of #MuseumsSparkJoy in 2019, where hundreds of people from across the world got involved. This year the circumstances have changed beyond imagination, but celebrating the joy that Scotland’s museums spark remains as important as ever.

wireless museum

How to get involved

Support your favourite museums and galleries by sharing on social media what you love and miss most about them with memories and photos of previous visits.

Some museums may also appreciate a donation as the lockdown has resulted in serious funding issues

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“Museums and galleries across Scotland are continuing to be active participants in their communities, through providing access to digital collections and a wide range of activities, filled with creativity and care. #MuseumsSparkJoy is a chance to celebrate the fantastic museums and galleries across Scotland and the important role they play in our lives.

I have so many happy memories of time spent in museums and galleries and with the passionate workforce who care for the diverse collections that tell the story of Scotland and beyond.

“I am looking forward to getting back out to our amazing museums and galleries again when we can safely do so to revisit old favourites and explore new ones. “

Museums and galleries are very much open online with new and exciting ways for visitors to interact with them.

Pier Arts Centre Orkney

Stromness from the Pier Arts Centre B Bell

Stromness from the Pier Arts Centre B Bell

The Pier Arts Centrehas a virtual Children’s Open Exhibition. Children were invited to send images of artwork they created to the arts centre and the work will be exhibited virtually from Monday 18th May, just in time for #MuseumsSparkJoy

Orkney has many wonderful museums. Use our search button to find out the many articles written about them in The Orkney News and their collections.

And if you pop over to The Orkney News YouTube channel you can find short films of some of them too.

Reporter: Fiona Grahame

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  1. The Pier Arts Centre is a treasure beautifully designed and displayed – allow plenty of time to wander from room to room with the added delights of Stromness views.

  2. I loved going around many of Orkney’s historic sights as a boy during a number of my marvelous summers at the end of The War ! Many of our folks from Glasgow joined other relatives of mine from Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and we filled the family’s croft near Stromness, staying as long as the summer weather allowed! It was unfortunate that – as a 17-year-old Scottish Nationalist – I was forced to leave Britain! In the subsequent years I’ve do quite a lot of writing. I wrote about a few of my Orkney experiences in a memoir about heart surgery in OPERATION NEW ZEALAND (1970); and also mentioned these in a more recent book about my Scottish thoughts, RETIRED TERRORIST (2009). I hope some Orkney folks will find that my fond memories are worthy of reviewing!

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