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15th Jan 2013
Newhaven has a unique heritage which comes from its history as a fishing village and the traditions and customs which developed in the village through the ages.
Fishwives and School Lives was an intergenerational project which explored this heritage through reminiscence, museum activities and the development of an exhibition in Victoria Primary School.
6th Jun 2012
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum is part of Orkney Islands Council’s Arts Museums and Heritage Service. We applied to Effective Collections to conduct comprehensive conservation and significance reviews on our wartime collections, which are mainly displayed at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum.
The museum was originally set up by local enthusiasts, only coming under professional museum management in 2000.
The collections include objects relating to the following:
• Scuttling and Salvage of the German High Seas Fleet
• HMS Royal Oak and HMS Hampshire
• Arctic Convoy
• Fire arms, uniforms, personal effects
• Large and heavy working objects such as steam crane, military boats and vehicles
Originally there was no collecting policy in place so many objects had no local provenance. Also no primary conservation work had been undertaken on the numerous artefacts recovered from the sea, which gave some cause for concern.
3rd Feb 2012
West Dunbartonshire Council Museums Service have embraced Creative Apprenticeships as an alternative route into the museum sector for non graduates.
3rd Feb 2012
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG), through MGS, were part of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations consortium that was successful in securing funding from the Future Jobs Fund. This fund created 58 new posts for young, unemployed people in MGS member organisations across Scotland. Veronica was RCPSG’s first Library and Heritage Assistant funded by this scheme.
20th Dec 2011
Originally initiated by a group of long term prisoners in HMP Glenochil, this project saw the Open Museum create a series of workshops using handling kits and objects from Glasgow Museums’ collections.
The project resulted in The Alternative Guide to Glasgow – a tourist-style map with a twist. This map ‘filled in the gaps’ to reflect their Glasgow, unrepresented by the glossy tourist guides of the city.
7th Nov 2011
A wide ranging training and skills exchange programme for Highland Independent Museums. The programme included training, workshops and skills exchanges with other Highland museums. Staff, board members and volunteers had the opportunity to refresh existing skills and gain an awareness of current initiatives. In addition, through structured visits museums shared skills and expertise with neighbouring museums.
7th Nov 2011
A green-fingered project by a group of Adult Learners from Leverndale Hospital resulted in the creation of a beautiful plant-filled boat.
The Gardeners’ Ark was inspired by works of art from Glasgow Museums’ collections. The Ark toured Glasgow venues throughout the summer of 2010, and is now on display on the roundabout in the grounds of Leverndale Hospital.
The Ark is just one part of a two year project by the Adult Learners. They have also produced art, creative writing and gardening advice throughout the project.
Although the project has now come to an end, a publication on the project is being prepared, scheduled for publication at the end of 2011.
31st Aug 2011
The project, with the support of a 70% small grant involved organising an in-house training programme for staff of the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, particularly members of front-of-house staff who rarely have an opportunity to travel to relevant training courses being run at outside venues. A variety of training providers delivered a range of full and half day courses at the McLean. Surplus places were offered free of charge to staff and volunteers of other local museums, whether local authority run or independent.
25th May 2011
This project aimed to improve standards of collections care and accessibility and unlock the learning potential of the newly acquired Margaret Morris Collection.
24th May 2011
Shipbuilding GLOW pilot project delivered by partner organisations.
Dalreoch Primary school pupils aged 9-11 years old experienced ICT based Learning that focused on objects from the shipbuilding collection in West Dunbartonshire. Research and documentation was provided by various sources; Josiane Wyper St Andrews MPhil student, Local Studies, Dumbarton Film Club, Clydebank Asbestos Group, West Dunbartonshire Museums Service and the Denny Tank museum. This was supplemented by a visit from two former shipyard workers to the school, at which oral history records were recorded and collected. These resources are available through GLOW to other schools in West Dunbartonshire and will be available to schools and museums throughout Scotland upon it’s completion. It will be used as a Case Study for how GLOW can be used by museums throughout Scotland to complement work with schools.