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Hundreds of objects from Edinburgh’s museum and gallery collections have been drawn together and placed on display for the very first time.
Spanning 60,000 years and over 300 items, Edinburgh Alphabet: An A-Z of the City’s Collections combines artworks and artefacts across four floors of the City Art Centre this summer (Friday 19 May – 8 October).
Rare and unusual museum items on display for the first time include architect Thomas Hamilton's winning design for the Burns Monument in 1831 and intricate set designs for King’s Theatre pantomimes, which have been conserved ahead of their unveiling in Edinburgh Alphabet.
They are being displayed alongside stone-age discoveries from archaeological excavations, unique examples of historic glass and ceramics from the Council's applied art collections, toys from the Museum of Childhood and favourites from the City Art Centre collection, including John Duncan's Tristan and Isolde, Cadell's Black Hat and a newly acquired painting Moon by Alison Watt.
The display coincides with the Scottish Government’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and this summer's Edinburgh Art Festival.
Pictured: Three year old Maddie Pearce with three of the sculpted pigeons by Shona Kinloch which previously were on display on Leith Walk before they were removed for the trams works to take place in the city.
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- Alphabet Exhibition | Edinburgh | 18 May 2017