Scotland’s Recognition Scheme celebrates, promotes and invests in nationally significant collections beyond those held in our national museums and galleries.
Scotland currently has 49 collections that have been Recognised as Nationally Significant Collections stretching from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway. Varied and vast in the array of objects they contain, the collections reflect centuries of effort to preserve and interpret our past.
Together, they showcase the best Collections that Scotland’s museums have to offer. When thought of as a single entity, spread across the country for all to enjoy, this is a national collection of immense diversity – cultural, social, historical and geographical.
Read more about Scotland’s Recognised Collections.
Find out about the Recognition Scheme application process.
Download the Recognised Collections brand guidelines.
An evolving initiative
Our understanding of our world and our history doesn’t stand still. As our ideas of what’s important and significant evolve, so too will Scotland’s Recognised Collections. In November 2017 two new collections joined the ranks - Paxton House's Chippendale and Trotter Furniture Collection and the Scottish Regimental Museums' Collection cared for by the partnership of the Association of Scottish Military Museums (ASMM).
The Recognition Scheme and Fund will also develop over time. Museums Galleries Scotland has run both on behalf of the Scottish Government since the initiative began in 2006. In 2014, we commissioned the Evaluation of the Recognition Scheme and Fund and we continue to make improvements to how we operate both.
Recognition Scheme objectives
Holding a Recognised Collection commits your organisation and your governing body to meeting the objectives of the scheme and opens up a new stream of funding to help you to do so.
The Recognition Scheme objectives are:
- to raise awareness and appreciation of the Recognised Collections of National Significance, maximising their potential to celebrate Scotland's culture - locally, nationally and internationally
- to ensure the longevity of Recognised Collections of National Significance by raising standards in collections care and management
- to strengthen resourcing for the long term sustainability of the Recognised Collections of National Significance
- to inspire and deliver new forms of access to and public engagement with the Recognised Collections of National Significance
- to support holders of Recognised Collections of National Significance to increase their leadership of and contribution to the sector through innovation, ambition, collaboration and partnership working
View details of the Recognition Fund.