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Learn from and be inspired by some of the amazing work being undertaken by museums and galleries across Scotland, through our case studies.

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White walls with paintings on them and a sculpture in an alcove next to a wooden chair. White lights hang from the ceiling with bright white spotlights on the artwork.
Pier Arts Centre
Converting Gallery Lighting to LED
In this case study The Pier Arts Centre explains the process for converting their gallery lighting from halogen lamps/bulbs to LED.
The main entrance to Aberdeen Art Gallery. It is a long neo-classical building with a modern upper floor. There is a large tree growing on the pavement in front of the gallery.
Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums
Workforce for the Future: Creating the 'Weird Trail'
A Workforce for the Future project at Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums with Hanover Street Primary School.
An adult with light skin, medium-length brown hair, and a brown beard tills soil in a herb garden full of green plants.
Abbotsford
The THRIVE Project: Supporting Wellbeing Through Heritage Volunteering
Heritage Engagement Manager Dr Sandra Mackenzie highlights how the THRIVE project blends volunteering, employability, and creative activities to deliver valuable wellbeing support to people living with mental health challenges.
An orchestra stands for applause in front of rows of seated people.
V&A Dundee
People Power: The Impact of Health and Wellbeing Engagement
Museum events and activities can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities. Peter Nurick, Communities Producer at V&A Dundee, shares how large-scale events have amplified their vibrant public engagement programmes.
Five adults with hiking gear standing on rocky terrain with a brown dog. Behind them are several mountain peaks and a sky filled with low grey clouds.
Glencoe Folk Museum
Creating a Culture of Fundraising
The financial resilience of Glencoe Folk Museum has grown thanks to new fundraising methods, training, and tools. Fundraising Consultant Katie Mullen shares the strategies behind this success.
Three people stand in a museum shop looking down at books on displays in front of them. They all have their backs to the camera.
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Museum Retail at ‘Shop at the Top’
Aberdeen Art Gallery created the new retail experience, Shop at the Top, to support the local creative industry. However experimenting with a new retail experience has had wide reaching benefits.
Two people in wet suits on the sea shore. One explaining to the other how to use snorkel mask.
Stromness Museum
Stromness Museum Snorkel Safaris
Stromness Museum have been running Snorkel safaris out of their local harbour in Orkney with the aim of encouraging more visitors to discover the fantastic natural history on the museum's doorstep. Developing local partnerships have been crucial in helping to embed this project into the local area, as well as providing a greater understanding of the museum’s collections to a much wider audience.
A child with light skin and long braided brown hair sits on a yellow tandem bike. The bike is attached to the floor and an interactive panel which reads "Making Electricity".
National Mining Museum Scotland
The Green Zone
The Green Zone is a new space developed by the National Mining Museum Scotland which has included a range of upgrades including interpretation and engagement activity focused on climate agenda.
A group of children and adults of different ages are sitting at long tables with cutlery, bread, and drinks on them. They are watching two young adults with light skin tone on a stage, one of them is playing a guitar.
Robert Burns Ellisland
Family Burns Brunch: Robert Burns Ellisland
The Family Burns Brunch was an event held at Robert Burns Ellisland with the aim to introduce a younger audience to the traditional Burns Supper and help make the tradition more accessible for families to engage with.
A group of adults in business attire stand in a group on an interior wooden deck. Behind them is assorted naval equipment including a cannon, a life ring, and a large figurehead in the shape of a unicorn's head.
HMS Unicorn
Wavemakers: Creating a New Volunteering Programme
HMS Unicorn diversified its workforce and strengthened its ties to the local community by offering meaningful museum volunteering opportunities to hard-to-reach groups in the Dundee area.
Two children with light skin, medium-length brown hair, and bright blue school uniforms interact with a digital tablet. One of the children wears headphones which are connected to the device.
David Livingstone Birthplace
Future Careers with David Livingstone Birthplace Museum
A partnership project between the David Livingstone Birthplace museum and David Livingstone Memorial Primary, which helped to foster a connection between the school and museum, and built knowledge of museums as places of work.  
A hand, wearing a purple surgical glove, holds up a glass COVID-19 vaccine vial.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Building partnerships with the Health, Wealth and Happiness project
Collaboration with businesses, charities, groups, and individuals was essential to the success of this year-long project at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.