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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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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.
The Gaelic-language homepage of the Museum of the Highlands website. Images of a diverse range of museum objects are scattered underneath the text "Taigh-tasgaidh na Gàidhealtachd".
Museums and Heritage Highland
Developing the Museum of the Highlands website
Fifteen museums collaborated with Museums and Heritage Highland to develop a digital learning and engagement hub which showcases 300 objects through a mix of images, information, and activities.
Two light skinned adults with long, tied back hair and a medium skinned adult with short cropped dark hair and a dark beard, stand around a table that has several different items of old clothing on it. The adults all wear coloured gloves.
Museums and Galleries Edinburgh
Dressed For Success: a Step Change for the Dress History Collection at Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
The Museums & Galleries Edinburgh team talk about the impact of their Dressed For Success project, funded by Museums Galleries Scotland.
A group of adults sit around a table looking down at books and items in boxes that are displayed on the surface. A prominent white banner is in the background displaying text "Glasgow Women's Library"
Glasgow Women's Library
Glasgow Women's Library's Collections Volunteering Programme
This case study is about: Developing the capacity, skills, and knowledge of GWL’s volunteers in response to an increase in visitors to the library and its collections. You should read it if: You are interested in empowering a diverse workforce, including volunteers, to increase their skills and potential.
A sailing boat on display in front of a building.
Scottish Maritime Museum
Vagrant Boat Restoration at the Scottish Maritime Museum
With funding from Museums Galleries Scotland, the Scottish Maritime Museum embarked on an ambitious project to restore Vagrant, a 19th century racing yacht. Boat building manager Martin Hughes explains how this restoration created new training opportunities and succeeded in revitalising a traditional craft.
A light skinned person with short brown hair and a beard holds a camera up to their face to photograph a ceramic teapot in a glass case
Working and Learning with a Kickstart Employee at the Museum of Lead Mining
The Kickstart Scheme (2021- 2022) highlighted the need to support youth employability with high quality work experience. In this case study the Museum of Lead Mining and Kickstart employee Calum share their experiences of youth employment.
A close up of files of paper in orange covers
Documenting Collections at Leisure and Culture Dundee
This Case Study is About: Underpinning the foundations of a collection by bringing together over 150 years’ worth of dispersed information on a digital database. You should read it if: You are interested in ensuring the longevity of a collection by raising standards in collections care and management.
Groam House Museum. It is a two-storey building with white walls and a grey tile roof.
Groam House Museum
Sharing the Creativity of Celtic Art Through the George Bain Collection: Groam House Museum
This project developed from a desire to share the George Bain Collection of Celtic art with creative practitioners to broaden the collection’s reach and to create new understandings of George Bain’s work and its contemporary role.
An adult with light skin and a green jumper holds a measuring tape against a green silk dress.
Perth Museum
Designing a Conservation Lab: Culture Perth & Kinross
This project focused on the creation of a suitable conservation environment inside Perth Museum & Art Gallery’s stores. The lab was designed to enable the Conservation Officer to progress work on preparing collections for a major new cultural attraction in Scotland.