Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) kicks off 2015 with tan announcement of £641k funding to museums in Scotland.
This brings to almost £1.5 million MGS’s investment into the sector over the last 12 months. The funding will assist museums which increasingly deliver results across health and well-being, education and social agendas, through innovative and cost-effective programmes that connect collections with their communities and contribute to tourism and economic development.
Twenty Recognition and Capital projects in museums the length and breadth of Scotland have received funding in this round. They include projects as diverse as a new catering facility for visitors at Dunollie Castle in Oban, a Collections and Engagement Officer at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh and the digitisation of rare books at the Royal Scottish Academy.
MGS Chair Douglas Connell said: “We are pleased to start 2015 with a substantial funding round to support ambitious museum projects which increase the accessibility of museum collections and range from Renfrewshire Council’s Paisley Shawl Collection Digitisation Project to Biggar Museum Trust’s plans for enhancement of its exhibitions and interpretation. 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. Momentum is clearly increasing as we develop plans for building sector sustainability in line with the National Strategy.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “We welcome the opportunity to support such exciting projects that allow museums and galleries across Scotland to enhance the unique and valuable collections they hold, and to improve the experience of people who come from near and far to visit them.
“This investment is important because of the wider cultural significance of these collections, as well as what they mean to local communities. It’s important that we preserve and expand access to Scotland’s rich cultural heritage and this funding will make a difference to many people.”
A full list of the funded projects appears below.
Further details are available from http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/