The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University

University museums secure funding

Simon Stephens, 09.05.2018
Scottish Funding Council to support nine institutions with £3.6m
Nine university museums are to share £3.6m over three years to manage their nationally accredited collections, it was announced this week by the Scottish government.

The Museums, Galleries and Collections grant, which is run by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), offers £1.2m for three academic years beginning in 2018-19.

“Our funding will support projects across nine Scottish universities to enhance the public accessibility of their museums and galleries and help build on existing community engagement and outreach work,” said Shirley-Anne Somerville, the minister for further education, higher education and science.

The SFC's Museums, Galleries and Collections grant was worth £6m over a five-year period to 2017-18. In 2012, the number of museums supported by the grant increased from five to nine, to include all accredited university museums in Scotland.

University museums look after more than two million items, which account for around 18% of Scotland’s national collection. They include the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection at the Glasgow School of Art, a collection of musical instruments at the University of Edinburgh and a collection of historic scientific instruments at the University of St Andrews.

The nine universities sharing the grant are Aberdeen; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Glasgow School of Art; Heriot-Watt; Robert Gordon University; St Andrews; and Stirling.