Peter's Pals, Young Curators Club
Peter is the Museum mascot. After being found in the Museum store labelled a puffin (he's definitely not a puffin) the penguin, soon to be named Peter stole the heart of our Museum Curator. Quite how the Little Penguin, the smallest species of penguin in the world made it all the way from his home in Australia or New Zealand to Caithness? We'll never know. The mystery made the Museum staff come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful stories of adventure which saw Peter the Penguin get up to all sorts of mischief. He now sits proudly in the Museum foyer helping to welcome our visitors.
As an expert in travel and of course history as we have no idea how old our Peter is, he likes to help guide the humans around the Museum helping them to understand our exhibits. When you visit, you'll see child friendly panels where Peter, with the help of his young curators have explained the exhibits in an exciting and straight forward way. Peter has been cartoonised by his buddy and local cartoon artist George Mackay. We work closely with George to create all sorts of fun around the Museum. You can check out his website of weird and wonderful creatures here.
Peter’s Pals Young Curator’s Club was launched on 20th January 2013. The Young Curator’s Club is aimed at young people aged between 7 – 12 years. During the course of the year, the young curators work with Museum staff and various experts to explore the Museum Collection both front of house and behind the scenes.
If your child would like to become a member of Peter’s Pals, please click here to be taken to our membership page.
The Young Curators took part in a series of workshops during the ARTIST ROOMS: Johan Grimonprez exhibition in the Spring of 2017. Click here to find out more about the photography session and here to see some awesome animations they made. Both workshops were run by Museum staff in collaboration with with Mike Guest, a Scottish photographer and film maker.