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Volunteers sought to make local history exhibition

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery are on the lookout for volunteers to help create a fascinating and personal glimpse into the rich history of the Peeblesshire area.

Supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, the Lives in a Landscape Exhibition will open on Saturday, September 9, as part of the Borders Heritage Festival delivered by Live Borders in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and the Borders Heritage Forum.

From now until the opening of the exhibition the museum is seeking volunteers from all parts of the Scottish Borders to choose and research objects from their collection that tell stories of lives in the Peeblesshire landscape.

Working with museum staff, they will then prepare the objects for display and create accompanying text and their own interpretative response.

Phoebe Stewart, Assistant Curator, Live Borders Museums, said: This pilot project led by Tweeddale Museums will offer professional training in research and interpretation of items from the collection to volunteers. 

“The aim is to empower volunteers drawn from diverse backgrounds to develop their own potential and employability through learning opportunities, active volunteering, skills development, collections care and learning how to deliver public programmes and learning opportunities for all, as well as how to use their new skills for the benefit of the heritage sector in Borders.”

As well as this volunteer project, there will be a series of cycling and walking trails around Peeblesshire to encourage members of the public to visit the original locations of many of the objects featuring in the exhibition.

The museum is seeking up to six volunteers over the age of 18 to join them between now and the exhibition opening on 9th September.

Live Borders Museums can offer reasonable travelling expenses, training, support and the opportunity to participate in an exciting volunteer-led interpretation project.

Anyone interested in signing up as a volunteer should contact: Phoebe Stewart, Assistant Curator at pstewart@liveborders1.org.uk  or call    01750 726456.