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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 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.
A group of children all wearing maroon jumpers and grey or black trousers and face masks are sitting in red and gold old fashioned cinema style seating next to colour drawings and paintings.
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Marvellous Museums: The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling VHT and Cornton Primary School
The ‘Marvellous Museums’ project gives learners, including those identified as being at risk of not achieving their potential, opportunities to raise their awareness of careers in the Museum and Arts industries and develop a range of skills to prepare for work or further study within the sector.
A hand with a light skin tone holds a bar of soap carved with a swirling pattern.
University of Edinburgh Museums
Prescribe Culture: University of Edinburgh Museums
Ruthanne Baxter, University of Edinburgh (UoE) Museums Manager and Founder of Prescribe Culture, talks about their multi-programme offer that utilises engagement with heritage collections and sites, as preventative mental wellbeing support for the wider community and as early intervention referral options for students presenting with mild-moderate mental health difficulties.
Arbroath Museum, as seen from the nearby beach. It is a large white building with a grey roof and a tall, cylindrical tower in the middle. A large metal weather vane rises from the top of the tower.
Signal Tower Museum
Warddykes Primary School Museum Project
A joint project between Warddykes Primary School, ANGUSalive’s Signal Tower Museum, Museums Galleries Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce that highlights the exciting and varied roles within museums and the skills required for these jobs.
The Old Man of Hoy, a towering stone stack on the coast of Hoy.
Hoy Heritage Centre
Hoy Heritage Centre: Tales o Hoy
Whilst being closed to the public due to Covid-19 regulations the team at Hoy Heritage Centre organised new impactful ways to display and share resources in the heritage centre. Funded through Museums Galleries Scotland.