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St Joseph’s School bring John Muir Home

John Muir is looking forward to a trip back to his Birthplace thanks to St Joseph’s School in Selkirk.  The P5,6,7 class have been doing their John Muir Award. After making beards, and making a scarecrow in the form of John Muir, which they invited to a birthday party for him on 21 April, they are now planning to bring John with them on their trip to Dunbar later in June.

Visit to John Muir’s Birthplace

The children have been enjoying finding out more about John’s childhood in Dunbar and are looking forward to seeing his childhood home.

New interactive touchscreen

John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar has had a brand new media display installed which puts visitors in charge of a selection of films. The new touchscreen interactive on the first floor currently hosts:

  • John Muir in Yosemite
  • Wilderness by Alastair Humphreys – one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, an accomplished speaker, and a best-selling author. This short film is based on the writings of naturalist, author and environmental philosopher John Muir. It is an ode to wilderness, and was filmed in the Scottish Highlands.
  • The Wild Along the Way (preview) by Zeki Basan. A film about the John Muir Way in Scotland. Supported by Central Scotland Green Network Trust and the Bill Wallace Grant (John Muir Trust). With special thanks to Lee Stetson. The full 22 minute film can be seen on Vimeo.

The project has been the result of a successful partnership between the John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust and Sheena Irving AV, and replaces a DVD showing the John Muir’s Yosemite film on a loop which broke down at the end of last year.

Jo Moulin, Museums Officer (Promotions) said

We are delighted with the new display which puts visitors in charge of a choice of films. We would love to hear your suggestion for future John Muir related films.

John Muir’s Birthplace is open daily. Admission is free, but visitor donations have helped fund this project.