Investigate handling objects and hear from experts through a range of First World War learning activities taking place at Next of Kin tour venues until May 2017.

Next of Kin handling collection to borrow

A box of original and replica First World War artefacts relating to the Next of Kin exhibition is available to borrow as it travels around the country. Alongside the handling objects are notes revealing their unique background stories and step-by-step guides for creative activities linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

For more information about borrowing the resource in Orkney, contact Tom Muir, Engagement/Exhibitions Officer, Orkney Islands Council (Tel: 01856 873535; email:

Next of Kin learning events

Above: P5 pupils from Girvan Primary school take part in a Next of Kin handling workshop

Learning events about the First World War are taking place in Next of Kin tour locations alongside the exhibition display. Please see the tour schedule to find out when the events programme is coming to your local museum.

Next of Kin events in Orkney are taking place during their exhibition from 18 February to 20 May 2017:

Easter egg event

Saturday 15 April 2017, 2-4pm
Kirbuster Museum

This Easter event day will focus on egg collecting for soldiers in the First World War. There will be boiled eggs with safe paint so that children can decorate eggs, and an Easter Egg Hunt activity. The Next of Kin handling collection will be in display and available throughout the day.

First World War Craft Event

Friday 5 May 2017, 2-4 pm
Hoy and Walls Craft Club, The Shore, YM, Longhope 

Situated in a World War I building at Longhope on the island of Hoy, this event will use the Caldale tablecloth on display in the Next of Kin exhibition as inspiration for embroidering white handkerchiefs.  Participants will be able to look in detail at the Next of Kin handling collection.

Keep your eye out for more events added to the programme.

Supported by

National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund  Scottish Government (1)

Part of

First World War Centenary led by the Imperial War Museum WW100 Scotland


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