Peterhead Councillor Welcomes Museum Service Initiative

>> 10 February 2013

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councilor Stuart Pratt has welcomed Aberdeenshire Council Museums Service’s initiative to make its collections in Peterhead more accessible to young people.

As part of this aim, a major creative heritage and youth-led project is to take place this year, funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeenshire Council.

Working alongside Modo – a circus and street theatre company known for hosting the spectacular Maelstrom and Adenstrom parades in Fraserburgh and Mintlaw – young people from Peterhead will create a modern interpretation of the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, filled with artwork inspired by objects in the collections of Aberdeenshire Council.

Once completed, the ‘Cabinet’ will be taken on tour to a wider audience, featuring youth performances and workshops to showcase the achievements of the young people involved.

The museum service hopes to re-create the excitement, wonder and spectacle of the original Peterhead collection, which belonged to Adam Arbuthnot in the early Nineteenth Century, through this project.

The Victorian ‘Golden Age’ of collecting brought many exciting and exotic objects to Peterhead, diligently and carefully collected by Mr Arbuthnot, which were later donated to the community.

Commenting, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee, Councillor Stuart Pratt, said:

“I very much welcome this initiative to make the historical collections held in our local museum more accessible and interesting to young people.

“Theatre Modo has an impressive track record of working with local young people and seeking to include them in a hand-on way in their activities and I’m sure this will be equally as successful as some of their previous works.”

Modo’s artistic director, Martin Danziger, added:

"We are delighted to be working with Aberdeenshire Council’s Museums Service, and are looking forward to bringing Adam Arbuthnot's collections to a wider audience, using creative and exciting artwork and performances"

Research and development work on the project is starting shortly, with the first public outing of the Cabinet of Curiosities due to be in June.

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