National Museums Scotland wins funding to engage young people with collections

Rob Picheta, 08.08.2018
Museum will explore "a range of alternative approaches"
National Museums Scotland (NMS) has been awarded £776,000 of National Lottery Funding to boost a programme aimed at attracting young people to its collections.

The project, Scotland 365, will consult young people about NMS’s objects and feature a series of workshops and interactive displays.

The National Museum of Scotland will explore and trial “a range of alternative approaches” to presenting its collection with younger visitors, and will look to incorporate their responses into future exhibits and programmes.

NMS will also seek to establish partnerships with youth organisations across Scotland, which will inform future exhibitions and displays.

The first instalment of the project, a programme run by Impact Arts called CashBack to the Future, was completed this summer in four Scottish cities.

It invited young people to collaborate with professional artists, filmmakers and musicians to create their own projects, and culminated in a one-off live event.

The move is part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People initiative for 2018, which aims to bring more children and young adults into the country’s cultural and artistic scene.

The money is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s £10m Kick the Dust programme, which will distribute funds to UK youth organisations to promote engagement of young people with heritage collections.

Ruth Gill, the director of public programmes at NMS, said: “We are thrilled that in 2018, the Year of Young People in Scotland, the National Lottery has chosen to support our work with such generous funding.

“The project opens up infinite possibilities for young people and our national collections and we look forward to working together as we develop creative responses to our heritage.”

Eleanor Styles, an HLF ambassador who works on the Kick the Dust programme, added: “I’m thrilled that Scotland 365 has won funding, as we found its plans to empower young people to actively engage with Scotland's heritage, not just observe, especially appealing.”