Musicians perform at NMS

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Craig Fletcher, 14.12.2012
Partnerships are the key to the success of RBS Museum Lates at the National Museum of Scotland. A sold out first year has resulted in increased access to our collections and top Scottish events, arts and business awards.

Key to this success has been partnership working with new talent from across the creative arts, local businesses and universities.

These events provide a platform for emerging acts and creative new ways to engage with our collections, which greatly enhances the programming offer. A partnership with the List magazine has enabled us to work with rising stars of the Scottish music scene such as Bwani Junction, Discopolis, Miaoux Miaoux and mercury-nominated Django Django.

Young visual artists and fashion designers have also benefited from increased exposure and the opportunity to engage directly with the public in new ways through partnerships with Youth Business Scotland and locally-based Red Door Gallery

Dj’s from student radio station Fresh Air FM and researcher comedians from Bright Club Edinburgh performed to packed audiences, while costume design students from Edinburgh Queen Margaret University have showcased their creations.  

Student volunteers from Edinburgh Napier University’s festival and events management course have worked in front-of-house and audience research roles, enabling them to gain valuable experience and help relieve pressure on museum staff resources. 

Social media has been a key element since the outset, providing a platform for bloggers and tweeters from across the creative industries to get involved. 

The challenge going forward will be sustaining momentum and keeping content fresh and appealing to an expectant audience. But with such a wealth of creative and enterprising young people to work with I’m sure we can rise to the challenge. 

Craig Fletcher is the learning manager (informal and events) at National Museums Scotland