The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Small museums across UK awarded Royal Society funding

Miles Rowland, 05.12.2018
Grants will be used for science projects ranging from music to psychiatry
Museums from the Outer Hebrides to the coast of Northern Ireland have been awarded funding as part of the Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme. 

The grants, worth up to £3,000, will help museums fund projects to engage communities with their local science stories.

The diverse range of recipients include Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, for its study of unique grass dunes on the Scottish and Irish coastlines, as well as the Red House in Suffolk, which is using the compositions of former resident Benjamin Britten to draw links between music and science.

Another recipient was Fife’s Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, which will be celebrating the scientific contributions of the eponymous industrialist to tie in with the arrival of Dippy, the Natural History Museum diplodocus, in Glasgow in January 2019. Dippy was cast from a skeleton uncovered in a Wyoming excavation funded by Carnegie in 1899.

Jonathan Ashmore, chair of the Places of Science allocation panel, said: “We chose a set of projects around the country which we thought would have a high significance and impact for the communities and their museums.”

He added: “We are delighted to see how the scheme successfully builds on the Royal Society’s commitment to funding small museums and is able to run creative activities that will be valued and championed by local people.”

Funding recipients
  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Fife
  • Armagh Robinson Library and No. 5 Vicar's Hill, County Armagh
  • Ballymoney Museum, County Antrim 
  • Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, South Yorkshire
  • Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol
  • Littlehampton Museum, West Sussex
  • Penmaenmawr Museum, Conwy County
  • Strathnaver Museum, Sutherland
  • Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum, Isle of North Uist
  • The Red House, Suffolk
  • Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, Devon
  • Whitby Museum, North Yorkshire