Grantown Museum in Morayshire has been awarded £34,000. Image © Ann Harrison, http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/585076, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license

Scottish museums boosted by funding package

Alexandra Genova, 09.01.2014
Projects include gallery redevelopments, education programmes and digitisation
Museums across Scotland will benefit from a £641,000 funding boost that Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) announced this week.

Twenty projects will share the money, which is for collections that are part of the Recognition scheme and for capital projects that support the strategic development of museums and contribute to the aims of the national strategy.

“The Scottish government has demonstrated its continued support for the sector through funding which has enabled us to invest almost £1.5m over the last 12 months, with demand for financial assistance to deliver high-quality museum projects now well exceeding the funds available,” said Douglas Connell, the chairman of MGS.

Universities across Scotland were key beneficiaries of the investment.The University of Aberdeen received £40,000 from the Recognition Fund to upgrade the storage and cataloguing of its Pacific ethnography collection.

The Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee will receive £13,000 to improve lighting systems in its exhibition rooms and the University of Glasgow will use £40,000 to assist in the documentation of its 16-18th century medal collection.

Elsewhere, funds went to the digitisation of collections, with Renfrewshire Council in Glasgow receiving £40,000 to digitise the Paisley shawl and pattern book collection. The Royal Scottish Academy’s £27,000 will be used to conserve and digitise rare volumes from its library to make them more accessible.

Groam House Museum near Inverness and West Dunbartonshire Council have used their funding to recruit curators. Groam House Museum’s £40,000 will allow a part-time curator and development support person to increase accessibility and awareness of its George Bain collection of Celtic art.

West Dunbartonshire Council will use its £30,000 grant to recruit a project curator to improve engagement with its sewing machine collection and Singer archive.

Gallery redevelopment was another area that benefited from the MGS investment. Perth and Kinross Council received £30,000 to redevelop the Fergusson Gallery, while Grantown Museum in Morayshire is using £34,000 to redevelop gallery spaces and make the museum more accessible and relevant to the local community.

All Accredited museums in Scotland are eligible to apply to MGS investment schemes.

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