Mr Arbuthnot's Cabinet of Curiosities

Heritage Grants

Aberdeenshire Council
<p>Young people from Peterhead investigated Adam Arbuthnot&rsquo;s ethnography collections to develop a better understanding of different cultures and celebrate their heritage through performance.</p>

Adam Arbuthnot was a local Peterhead man who, through his career in the Merchant Navy, accumulated a large collection of world cultural objects, now held by Aberdeenshire Council Museums. In an area of Scotland with a large multicultural population these collections offered young people an important way to understand different cultures and identity.

Young people from Theatre Modo worked with the Museums Service to learn skills in research, conservation, object handling and interpretation. They then used their findings to create an imaginative interpretation through theatre: a cabinet of curiosities containing artefacts and linked performance art. The group achieved their Youth Achievement Awards and the project won an Inspiring Aberdeenshire Award, and was shortlisted for an award by Arts & Business Scotland.

[quote]“Theatre Modo’s dedicated team of young people…worked incredibly hard and with unfailing enthusiasm to create an imaginative, innovative and spectacular piece of interactive artwork, capturing the attention and imagination of thousands of people at events across Aberdeenshire”[/quote]

Flick Ibbotson, Education & Access Officer, recalled: [quote]“This project helped local young people to bring the history of Peterhead’s special little museum to life with careful research, imaginative interpretation and creative flair, made possible by Young Roots funding.”[/quote]