Museum projects ”get to become a reality” with £335k investment
Five of Scotland’s top museum collections covering a range of topics from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Singer sewing machines will benefit from a share of £335K of Recognition funding from Museums Galleries Scotland. Recognition funding is reserved for museums who hold collections which have been Recognised as Nationally Significant by the Scottish Government.
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh which Glasgow Museums plans to celebrate with a new exhibition of their stunning Mackintosh and Glasgow Style collection. An award of £57,500 will allow them to appoint an assistant curator to help develop and deliver the project. Visitors can also look forward to a full and fascinating programme of activities and events.
Clydebank Museum is home to the sewing machine collection and Singer archive – the largest collection of its kind in Europe. West Dunbartonshire Council, who run the museum, is keen to raise the profile of this unique collection and an award of nearly £60K from Museums Galleries Scotland will allow them to do just that. A major exhibition is planned and the funding will allow them to appoint a specialist curator to help deliver the project.
An award of £59,400 will fund Perth and Kinross Council’s ambitions to unlock the potential of their rich and varied collection which encompasses everything from fine art, photography, costumes, armour, bicycles and furniture. A major collection review to document and photograph every object will open up possibilities to share the collections online. The Museums Galleries Scotland award will fund a two-year Project Manager post, a part time Digital Artist and other specialists.
Glasgow Women’s Library receive almost £60K to explore innovative approaches to how they display and interpret their collection of historical and contemporary artefacts that celebrate the lives, histories and achievements of women. They will appoint an assistant curator who will work with community curators to widen access to services that encourage women to explore issues from poverty, women’s health and surviving violence.
Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (RSA) in Edinburgh is planning a major exhibition in 2017. ‘Ages of Wonder’ will reunite the RSA’s collection with those key works transferred to the National Gallery of Scotland in 1910. It will be the first time in history that the collections have occupied the entire RSA building and will tell the story of one of Scotland’s first national collecting institutions. £37,962 from Museums Galleries Scotland allows them to augment their plans, develop two touring exhibitions and run live demonstrations in the galleries that include a life teaching class and artist led printmaking on a restored historic printing press.
“The Recognition Fund allows Scotland’s most important collections to create a better experience for their visitors. Many of the projects involve the creation of new jobs so our investment is bringing vital additional capacity to deliver projects that will bring long lasting benefits for the museums, their visitors and their communities.”
Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland
“The Recognition Fund is allowing our institution to make dreams become reality. In 2017 the Academy will mount an in-depth survey of its collections in the RSA building. The Ages of Wonder exhibition will be the first time in history the entire building has been given over to collections alone, and the support of Museums Galleries Scotland is significantly helping us develop the exhibition to be as innovative and exciting as possible. The Recognition fund is a crucial avenue for Scotland’s museums and galleries to enhance their Nationally Significant collections and develop projects that otherwise would be out of reach in today’s difficult financial climate.”
Sandy Wood, Collections Curator at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture
Since it was launched in 2007 around £6m has been awarded through Museums Galleries Scotland Recognition Fund to support 150 projects.
There are 46 collections in Scotland which are Recognised as Nationally Significant Collections by the Scottish Government, and all are eligible to apply for Recognition funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to improve how people experience the collections.