MGS creates £100,000 commemoration fund

Scottish government funds world war one commemorations
Patrick Steel
The Scottish Government has given £100,000 to Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to create a new fund to support museums and artists across Scotland in delivering projects to commemorate world war one.

Joanne Orr, MGS chief executive, said: “Scotland’s museums and galleries play a vital role in engaging communities with our past, and creating innovative and sustainable spaces for local residents and visitors.

“This funding will help support new ways of commemorating the first world war, and the lasting impact it has had on Scotland’s people and cultural landscape.

“We envision museums across the country working with local artists and their communities to mark the centenary.

“We want to encourage children and young people to learn about the war and its resonance to contemporary life in Scotland, and create a lasting legacy for new generations.”

The government also gave £116,000 to Scottish veterans charities to fund 16 projects designed to help and support veterans across the country.

Projects include £4,000 for The Highlanders Museum in Fort George to develop its website, military archive and research facilities and enhance its online education provision; £2,000 to Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh to create a mobile museum to support the existing school visit programme; and £414 to Woodhill Primary School in Glasgow for museum visits.

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