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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 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.
A colourful digital illustration with the words 'CPK Play' and a pixelated cursor.
Culture Perth & Kinross
Digital Engagement: CPKPlay Website
Recognising that the pandemic and associated restrictions were impacting on the experience of services for children and their families, Culture Perth and Kinross developed CPKPlay, a new website full of activities, short films, and creative ideas to engage and entertain their younger audiences. In this case study they reflect on their experience developing the website.
A blue and red knitted sock displayed against a black background.
Museums and Heritage Highland
Highland Threads: Museums and Heritage Highland
By employing innovative digital technologies and working with sector professionals, ‘Highland Threads’ online exhibition reflects the quality of museums and diverse collections that can be found across the Highlands. Nicola Henderson, Innovation and Network Manager at Museums and Heritage Highland, talks about the partnership work between 14 museums and heritage centres to create ‘Highland Threads’.
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.
Groups of visitors explore a large museum gallery with a tall lighthouse lamp in the middle. The walls, floor and ceiling of the gallery are all made of grey, unfinished concrete.
Gairloch Museum
Redevelopment: a New Museum for Gairloch
In 2019 Gairloch Museum moved to a new building – a repurposed nuclear bunker. Through the journey of their redevelopment this museum has successfully won the support of their community, raised the profile of the area nationally and attracted enthusiastic new visitor audiences.
A figurehead in the shape of a unicorn on the prow of the SS Unicorn in Dundee.
HMS Unicorn
Craigowl Primary School Museum Project
A joint project between Craigowl Primary School, HMS Unicorn, Museums Galleries Scotland, and Developing the Young Workforce.
A wide sandy beach under a cloudy sky. There are low hills and sand dunes in the distance.
Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist A Tuath
Cladach Agus Machair (Machair And Shore): Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist A Tuath
The aim of this project by Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist A Tuath (North Uist Historical Society) was an exploration of the unique and threatened shoreline of North Uist and the machair land lying behind the marram grass dunes.
A group of adults working with paper and pencils, overlaid with the words 'Art and Mind with Museums' and 'Cultural Prescriptions'.
Museums of the University of St Andrews
Wellbeing Programming: Museums of the University of St Andrews
At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the beginning of lockdown, the Museums of the University of St Andrews pivoted to offer an upcoming on-site wellbeing programme online. Eilidh Lawrence, Assistant Learning and Access Curator at the Museums of the University of St Andrews, talks about creating a digital wellbeing programme.
Four adults sit in a row behind a workbench. On the workbench are a range of woodworking tools and blocks of wood.
Scottish Maritime Museum
Skylark IX: Recovery Through Recovery: in Partnership with the Scottish Maritime Museum
Claire McDade, Project Manager for The Skylark IX Recovery Trust, talks about the Trust’s work, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to deliver woodworking and boatbuilding skills training to people from Alternatives Community Drug Charity in West Dunbartonshire, who are recovering from drug addiction. The Trust hopes to expand and build the Spirit of Skylark Centre in Dumbarton with key partners, the Scottish Maritime Museum, at the Denny Ship Model Experimental Tank, over the coming years.