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Recognition Committee appointments

Dr Katie Stevenson takes on the role of Chairperson of the Recognition Committee

MGS announces Recognition Committee appointments

Museums Galleries Scotland is pleased to announce five new appointments to the Recognition Committee.

Dr Katie Stevenson

Dr Katie Stevenson takes on the role of Chairperson of the Recognition Committee. She brings with her extensive experience within the Scottish museum and cultural sector. Currently Assistant Vice-Principal Collections and Digital Content at the University of St Andrews her previous roles include Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland.

Four new committee members have also been appointed. They are Emma Halford-Forbes, Coordinator for Industrial Museums Scotland; Susan Jeffrey, a manager within Renfrewshire’s Heritage Service; Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer for the Museums Association; and Dr Helen Rawson, museum professional and former Co-director of Museum Collections Unit at the University of St Andrews.

The Recognition Scheme, which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, promotes, celebrates and invests in nationally significant collections beyond those held in our national museums and galleries. The Recognition Committee is appointed by Museums Galleries Scotland to make decisions on the awarding of Recognised status.

There are currently 49 Nationally Significant Collections scattered throughout towns, cities and villages across the country. From Dundee to Dumfries and from Shetland to Ayr, visitors can be inspired by these collections of remarkable historic and cultural significance.

Katie Stevenson, Chair of the Recognition Committee, said:

“The Recognition Scheme is vital both for the acknowledgement of the quality and breadth of the collections of national importance dispersed throughout Scotland, and for the development of the organisations and the staff responsible for these. Nationally significant collections work in harmony with the National Collections of Scotland to showcase and enhance our understanding of Scotland’s past beyond institutional boundaries. It is an honour to serve Scotland’s material legacy through the valuable work of the Recognition Committee.”

John McLeish, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“I would like to congratulate Katie on her appointment. She brings with her extensive experience and knowledge of the museums and heritage sector which will be invaluable in her new role as Chair of a committee that represents many of Scotland’s most significant and fascinating collections.”

Published 11 December 2018