First Dedicated Bursary In Scotland For Subject Specialist Networks
This month Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has launched a new Subject Specialist Network Travel Bursary to support attendance of Scotland’s museum workforce at Subject Specialist Networks meetings (SSNs). SSNs are UK wide groups that exist to share knowledge between peers about collections ranging from musical instruments to transport. This is the first dedicated fund in Scotland for SSNs.
MGS has created the SSN Travel Bursary to support museums and galleries in preserving and sharing curatorial knowledge through attending SSNs. The bursary is a response to a meeting in March where MGS asked representatives from SSNs about their barriers for peer learning. The response from the representatives was a need for financial support to enable museum workforce in Scotland to travel to SSNs.
The launch of the bursary is an example of MGS’s grants programme adapting in response to emerging sector needs. Recent changes to the grants programme have seen the removal of the set match funding requirement for the Small Project Fund. In addition, MGS has widened the eligibility for the Purchase Fund to include all non-nationally styled independent and regimental museums for small equipment purchases up to £600. To maintain a responsive and flexible grants programme MGS has sought to simplify grant application forms and are in the process of reviewing grant claims processes.
Joe Traynor, Head of Museum Development Museums Galleries Scotland, said:
“We are delighted to launch the SSNs Travel Bursary to support peer learning and expertise within museums and galleries. Through regular consultation with the sector we are aware of the challenges that museums and galleries face in developing and running projects that are eligible for grant funding. We are adapting our grants programme to respond to these challenges and maintain accessible funds for museums and galleries.”
The Subject Specialist Network Travel Bursary