The popularity of the Scottish Football Museum (above) has been rewarded with Recognition status
The Scottish Football Museum, the Glasgow School of Art's revered catalogue of the career of architectural forefather Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the social history archive held by North Lanarkshire Council have won Recognition status.
The prestigious awards, which bring the number of Recognised Collections of National Significance across Scotland to 36, give the trio a chance to bid for £40,000 in funding for a project improving access to their collections.
"Football has a unique place in the life of the nation and this award recognises the national and international importance of the Museum's collections," said Football Museum Chairman Robert Craig, who was presented with a plaque by the Recognition Committee at the Hampden Park home of the centre.
"I am delighted for the Museum and also for the Scottish Football Association whose continued support has enabled the Museum to develop as a major attraction for everyone interested in football."
Boys preparing sand at the pig beds at Coltness Ironworks (1900) from the collection of North Lanarkshire Council
The School of Art's Mackintosh collection comprises an extensive retrospective of their most celebrated alumnus, including original designs for his best-known buildings and items designed for the Glasgow tea rooms at the start of the 20th century.
"It is particularly appropriate that this should happen in the centenary year of his wonderful Art School building," observed GSA Director Seona Read.
"The Mackintosh Collection not only illustrates the breadth and quality of Rennie Mackintosh's work as an architect, designer and artist but also includes major works by his close contemporaries like Margaret and Francis Macdonald and Herbert McNair. It is satisfying that its importance has been recognised with this Status."
North Lanarkshire's displays document the major industries of Scotland such as iron, coal, steel and engineering.
Organisers praised the impact of the Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life, which has welcome more than 200,000 visitors since reopening last year after a £10 million refurbishment.
Joanne Orr, head of Museums Galleries Scotland, said the awards "highlight perfectly" the "marvellous diversity" of Scottish collections.
"Significant chapters from Scotland’s history are celebrated through these collections, representing our architectural and industrial heritage along with one of our favourite national pastimes – football," she added.
"These are part of our history that people continue to identify with today and it is fantastic to see these Collections named as being significant to the nation today."