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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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The Scottish Crannog Centre
Creating an Equitable Museum Workplace
Rachel Backshall, Assistant Director at The Scottish Crannog Centre talks about the museum's approach to Fair Work and how they have created an equitable workplace where everyone can participate, express themselves, contribute, and feel valued.
Two children with brown hair, light skin tone, wearing yellow t-shirts are stool next to a large green pinboard with drawings and handwritten text on it.
University of Stirling Art Collection
Creating New Ways To Develop Awareness Of Museums
Creating new ways to display knowledge and develop museum awareness with schoolchildren.
A group of adults are standing in a museum collections store. The person in the centre of the group is holding a mug and reading the engraving on the bottom of the mug out to the rest of the group.
Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
Conservation for Wellbeing
In this video case study we hear from Collections Care Officer, Gwen Thomas and Outreach and Access Manager, Ria Sloan who share the successes and learnings from Museums & Galleries Edinburgh Conservation for Wellbeing pilot project.
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.
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.