Officers and scientists on board Discovery. Image courtesy of Dundee Heritage Trust

MGS awards £315,000 to 10 collections

Rebecca Atkinson, 28.03.2013
Money invested to raise the standards of Scotland’s top collections
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has named the 10 recipients of nearly £315,000 in funding to help raise standards in the nation’s most important collections.

Recognition funding, which is managed by MGS on behalf of the Scottish government, aims to identify, care for, protect and promote Scotland’s 38 recognised collections.

Joanne Orr, chief executive officer at MGS, said: "These nationally significant collections are a valuable resource, educating people from home and further afield about our past, present and future.

This funding will help museums and galleries find new and innovative ways of telling their stories, developing excellence in these internationally important collections and improving the overall experience for visitors."

Five collections received the largest award of £40,000 each: the Museum of Scottish Railways to establish an education service; Glasgow Life to record and disseminate information on 200 medieval architecture fragments in the Burrell Collection; the City of Edinburgh Council to develop its collections management and improve engagement; the University of Aberdeen to improve access to its collection of scientific instruments; and the University of St Andrews for an exhibition to mark its 600th anniversary of European university maces.

Almond Valley Heritage Trust received £30,000 Recognition funding to recruit a volunteer coordinator and develop a volunteer workforce, while the Scottish Maritime Museum Trust received £24,095 to undertake the second phase of a collections review.

An award of £19,500 went to Leisure and Culture Dundee to publish images from its historic whaling industry. Dundee Heritage Trust received £16,188 to finance a 3D laser scan of the RRS Discovery that will create an accurate record of the ship built to take Captain Scott on his first Antarctic expedition.

Finally, the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust received £25,111 towards a redisplay of its whaling collection.