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Additional funding for Scottish museums

Two Scottish museums have been awarded additional funding of £220,000 from Museums Galleries Scotland
The Scottish Mining Museum will receive £120,000 while the Scottish Maritime Museum will benefit from £100,000 extra funding.

The announcement was made by the minister for culture Fiona Hyslop at the opening of the new PS Lochlomond Gallery at the Scottish Maritime Museum this week.

Hyslop said: “The opening of this fantastic facility, the PS Lochlomond Gallery, demonstrates exactly the importance of investing in our culture and heritage.

“Scotland’s industrial collections represent a way of life and hold a particular place in the heart of the people of Scotland.  As a nation, these traditions and stories must be kept safe for future generations.

The new funding comes on top of funding delivered through Museums Galleries Scotland to both museums. The PS Lochlomond Gallery development was also funded by Museums Galleries Scotland with Scottish Government Recognised Collection money.

Sam Galbraith, chairman of the Scottish Maritime Museum Trust, said that without this funding the museum would be facing “a very difficult time in 2010”. 

It plans to use the additional funding to achieve the aims set out in its 2008 business plan, including the recruitment of an education officer and additional curatorial staff, and enhancing collection care.

The Scottish Government is currently developing a national policy for the museums sector, and last year established the Museums Think Tank to formulate a strategy for museums and galleries in Scotland – including how to secure a long-term and sustainable future for industrial collections. It is expected to make its recommendations this summer.

(Image: Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, at the Lochlomond Gallery)

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