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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 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.
A black and white photograph of a group of people sitting in stacked rows posing for a photograph. The photograph has a red digital filter on top of it with digital camera frame markings over the top.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Reframed: Conversations About Heritage and Inclusion at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
In this case study Ross McGregor, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, talks about the heritage team’s decision to commit to change and develop their core programme to look at inequalities within the College’s history and bring more people into the conversation.
Two children with light skin and brown hair playing with wooden toy vehicles on a mat.
Riverside Museum
Autism-Friendly Programme at Glasgow Museums
Glasgow Museums has taken steps to embed autism acceptance into all areas of its work. Lyn Mooney, Learning & Access Curator at the Riverside Museum, describes the wide range of measures - from improved accessibility and resources to workshops and training - which have been implemented to ensure a better experience for staff and visitors with autism.
A group of adults meeting online. Each adult is smiling at their camera and giving a thumbs up.
The McManus Art Gallery & Museum
Reconnect Project at The McManus Art Gallery & Museum
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on access to culture. The McManus responded to this challenge by partnering with Alzheimer Scotland, Home-Start Dundee and THAT (Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust) to deliver Reconnect, a remote engagement programme. Kim Galligan, Learning and Engagement Assistant (Digital) for Leisure and Culture Dundee, outlines the project and its impact on families and community groups.
Wooden boards with textured floral patterns, shells, painted canvases, pieces of fabric, and a clear plastic backpack.
University of Dundee Museums
Creating a Sensory Backpack at University of Dundee Museums
Museum Engagement Officer Amy Crawford shares how a focus on wellbeing led to the development of a sensory backpack. By taking collections out into the community, this backpack improved access to University of Dundee Museums and facilitated engagement with new audiences.
A painting of four large smoking chimney stacks emitting large clouds of smoke into the sky at dusk. Smaller chimney stacks and buildings are also emitting smoke, they are all painted in orange and brown tones so that it looks like the sky is on fire.
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
From Coal to Climate Change
This case study is about working with schools and visitors to make links between the climate crisis and the industrial history of a community.