Funding awarded by Museums galleries Scotland will assist institutions in areas including collections research, launching reminiscence sessions, audience development, digitising collections, and building improvements.
A number of the museums will also use the funding to facilitate the creation of new roles in such fields as project management, business development, curation, and digitisation.
Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said the organisation is “delighted to support Scotland’s museums in achieving their ambitions through these twelve projects.”
Museums, Casot continued, are “safe spaces that reflect the world we live in, so it is entirely appropriate that we should invest in ensuring they remain relevant in today’s diverse society and we particularly welcome the projects that are revisiting their collections to explore different perspectives and stories.”
Projects selected for funding
University of Aberdeen | £47,548 | Caring and Sharing: Responsible curation of the North American cultural collections in the University of Aberdeen
Dumfries & Galloway
Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage | £24,673 | Time for Improvement
Dundee & Angus
Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust | £40,000 | Development of a new exhibition hall
Edinburgh & Lothians
West Lothian Council | £30,347 | Whitburn: Our Community Museum
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh | £25,000 | Expanding Exhibitions: A collaborative approach
Linlithgow Heritage Trust | £22,500 | Linlithgow Museum Sustainability and Growth Project
British Golf Museum | £45,471 | Fore! Driving Inclusivity: Engaging the Local Community with the Nationally Significant Collection of the British Golf Museum
University of Glasgow | £51,000 | Curating Discomfort
Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums | £60,000 | Legacies of Slavery and Empire
Groam House Museum | £59,880 | Sharing the Creativity of Celtic Art through George Bain’s Collection
Perth & Kinross
Culture Perth and Kinross | £59,924 | My Museum
Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture Trust | £19,142 | Conservation Heating
Speaking on behalf of one of the institutions to receive support, Lola Sánchez-Jáuregui, William Hunter Tercentenary Curator at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum, said: “We are living in the midst of agitated times, and museums have the responsibility to adopt more critical approaches to issues of identity, gender or colonial histories.
“In this context, the Hunterian wants to be an open space for dialogue and transparency, and this grant award will enable us to fund a series of initiatives to address these issues.”
The funding project has been conducted in accordance with Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries, the guidelines set out by Museums Galleries Scotland in 2012.
Highlighting how the support will enable museums to deliver on their responsibility to truthfully reflect the past in which its artefacts were spawned, Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life, said: “Many objects and documents in Glasgow Museums’ collection, the City Archives and Special Collections testify in one way or another to this grim part of our collective heritage.
“The funding from Museums Galleries Scotland will help us to draw attention to them and explore the ways in which they can shine a light on Glasgow’s relationship with transatlantic slavery during the 17th to 19th centuries.”