£421K Funding Success For 9 Museums Across Scotland
Today Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), announces that £421,857 has been awarded to 9 museums across the country thanks to support from the Scottish Government.
MGS, the national development body for the museum sector, has awarded 9 museums grants through the Museum Development Fund. The funded projects are responding to different challenges including needs in their local community, increasing financial resilience, strengthening connections with their local area, and attracting national and international visitors.
The awarded projects include North Lanarkshire’s Museums & Collections collaborating with local communities impacted by the legacies of slavery and empire. Together they will create more inclusive heritage spaces and develop collections knowledge. At Historylinks Museum in Dornoch the new People’s Gallery will tell the stories of ordinary people who have contributed to the history and heritage of the town. It will be co-curated by the community and include participation from schools and local clubs. Museum nan Eilean will support the international interest in the heritage of the Outer Hebrides and increase the sustainability of the Museum Service through holding an Emigration Conference. This event will connect local, national, and international audiences who hold a shared interest.
Lucy Casot, CEO Museums Galleries Scotland said:
“We’re delighted to fund 9 varied projects from museums across Scotland. These projects represent the work the sector is undertaking in remaining responsive to the needs of their community, better representing stories from people in Scotland and across the world, and contributing to a sustainable tourist experience.”
Clare Weir, Collections & Visual Arts Manager, North Lanarkshire Council:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from Museum Galleries Scotland. While our museums and collections celebrate the area’s proud industrial past, there is a pressing need to re-interpret and develop our collections with a focus on these more difficult and challenging histories. We are excited to be working with the University of Glasgow and people with lived experiences in our communities to establish these new narratives, and ultimately develop new ways of working in the long term to embed anti-racist practice in our work.”