Fiddles, Folklore and Food: Friday 15 May, 7–9pm – John Gray Centre
Devouring Nature: Saturday 16 May, 1–4pm – John Muir’s Birthplace & Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery
Edible Archaeology: Sunday 17 May, 1–4pm – Prestongrange Museum
In this interactive and tasty weekend (15–17 May) we invite our visitors to Eat, Drink & Love History! We will have 3 events across 4 of East Lothian Council’s museums, tailored to distinctive audiences (adults, under-5s and families), that explore East Lothian’s rich harvests of sea and land.
On Friday 15 May, 7–9pm, the John Gray Centre in Haddington will host the adults-only event Fiddles, Folklore and Food, featuring organic food from The Howff and beer-tasting with Growler Beers UK. Visitors will enjoy traditional musical performances by local folk band Curmudgeon and Mod-winning Gaelic singer Renate Gertz. They will also meet some jaunty fishwives (DragonFlower re-enactors) to learn about the county’s coastal history and attend a folklore-themed mini-mask or puppet-making workshop. Entry cost is £5 per person, food and drink not included. Tickets are available in advance from the John Gray Centre or on the door.
Our event Devouring Nature on Saturday 16 May 1–4pm invites families, especially under-5s, to John Muir’s Birthplace and Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery. Our activities celebrate the legacy of local hero and pioneering conservationist John Muir, with a focus on the future of food and nature usage. We invite under-5s to explore the new exhibition ‘Our Best Playgrounds’ and take part in storytelling sessions with 1 Red Elephant and Tim Porteus. Families can make food crafts, take home something they’ve planted and go on a local history scavenger hunt. Plus visitors can meet Sustaining Dunbar and learn about making Dunbar Scotland’s first Zero-Waste Town. There is a suggested donation of £2 per family or group.
Discover Edible Archaeology at Prestongrange Museum on Sunday 17 May, 1–4pm. Visitors will have the chance to take part in hands-on archaeological activities and try some historically inspired food. Our workshops and activities are designed for families and include clay pottery-making, digging (and eating) the layers of a cake to learn about excavation and dissecting artificial poo. Families can also go on an adventure with East Lothian’s Countryside Rangers and learn about nature’s food, medicine and mythology. Workshops and activities cost £1 per person and will be run by heritage professionals including Archaeology Scotland and East Lothian Council Archaeology Services.
These events are part-funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and are part of the Festival of Museums weekend (15–17 May), Dig It! 2015 and Voluntary Arts Week (15–24 May). For more information see www.festivalofmuseums.com