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Civic And University Museums Get £800k Funding Boost

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has confirmed funding awards worth £800,000 in the latest COVID-19 support for museums and galleries.

The COVID-19 Museum Development Fund was open for museums run by local authorities, arms-length trusts and universities to enable them to carry out projects that respond to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The awards will support museums to enhance their digital offers and further connect with audiences, including through online education, podcasts, livestreamed events and digitised museum tours. Investment in digital will last beyond the pandemic and will be used by museums and galleries to complement physical exhibitions.

Awards will also support work connecting with communities and to support exhibitions focused on healthcare and wellbeing, highlighting the role museums and galleries have played in reacting to the impact of the past year.

The Museum Development Fund is funded by the Scottish Government. Later this month decisions will be made on the Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund which will bring the total amount awarded to £7m. The full list of award recipients will be shared by MGS.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“While this remains a difficult time for museums and galleries, there is a huge appetite in the sector to embrace new and innovative approaches to their work.

“We are pleased to support civic and university museums through our COVID-19 Museum Development Fund as they work to become more resilient and find new ways to reach audiences.

“These museums had not been eligible for our Recovery & Resilience Fund, our main response to the pandemic, and so we were keen to offer tailored support.

“These awards will support an impressive range of projects that demonstrate the immense value of culture and heritage in these challenging times.”