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From the Whaling Collection at Dundee City Museums to the Miners’ Library collection at Wanlockhead’s Museum of Lead Mining, Scotland has some fantastic collections that are of national, and international, significance. This is quite aside from the collections of the national museums and galleries.
The Scottish Government is justly proud of such treasures that demonstrate the nation’s identity and diversity - so it initiated the Recognition Scheme in 2007. The Scheme’s main purposes are to highlight the collections and to widen access for more people to enjoy them by providing funding for improvements.
The Scheme is managed by Museums Galleries Scotland and you’ll find more information about the Scheme, and the answers to most of your questions, in this section.
In 2010 MGS commissioned Simon Jaquet to conduct an evaluation of the Recognition Scheme. His final report in now available – see Evaluation of the Recognition Scheme 2010 .
Following consideration of the report by the Recognition Committee, Committee Chair Douglas Connell commended it to the Minister for Culture and External Affairs, ‘ As a Committee we are delighted to note the sector’s significant degree of confidence in the scheme overall and in the related processes … and trust that you will be as pleased as we were to see the positive impact of the Recognition Scheme on the museum sector in Scotland’. The full text of the Committee response is available here