Festival fun for Scotland’s museums and galleries thanks to MGS investment
Museums Galleries Scotland has announced ten events that are set to benefit from a share of their Festivals Fund, which offers museums financial support to demonstrate the exciting and fun places that they are by staging events as part of local festivals.
Highlights include Stromness Museum’s snorkel safaris as part of Orkney International Science Festival, and a medieval fayre at Prestongrange Museum in East Lothian. You can pan for gold at the Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum as part of the Biggar Science Festival, or ceilidh the night away, Jacobite-style, at Perth Museum and Art Gallery in the run-up to the Soldiers of Killiecrankie Festival.
Other events being funded include a weekend of activities inspired by the collection of the McManus as part of the Dundee Summer Streets Festival, and a Roman encampment at the John Gray Centre during East Lothian Archaeology Fortnight. There will also be lantern-making workshops at Kirkcudbright Galleries to open the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light, and the opportunity to swap tyres for trainers as the Grampian Transport Museum hosts the Alford 10k Running Festival.
The Festivals Fund allows museums to align their activities to larger local events, from James Watt’s bicentenary year celebrations in Inverclyde, where the McLean Museum and Art Gallery will host workshops and recitals at the Beacon Arts Centre; to the Whithorn Trust’s public archaeological survey events as part of the Wigtown Book Festival.
There has been considerable interest in the fund since its launch, and MGS has welcomed the conversations with museums and galleries to discuss potential applications and how they can best take advantage of increased audience development potential.
The next round of the Festivals Fund closes to applications on the 29th August, and any museums currently planning Autumn events should get in touch with MGS to see if their plans are eligible for additional funding support from the National Development Body.