(Above) Fiona Hyslop MSP at the Scottish Maritime Museum
Two of Scotland's industrial museums received a shot in the arm today after Minister for Culture Fiona Hyslop MSP committed an additional £220,000 funding for the Scottish Maritime Museum and the Scottish Mining Museum.
Announced as the Minister was opening the new PS Lochlomond Gallery at the Scottish Maritime Museum, the money comes on top of funding already being delivered to the two sites through Museums Galleries Scotland.
"The opening of this fantastic facility, the PS Lochlomond Gallery, demonstrates exactly the importance of investing in our culture and heritage," said Hyslop.
"Scotland's industrial collections represent a way of life and hold a particular place in the heart of the people of Scotland. As a nation, these traditions and stories must be kept safe for future generations."
The Scottish Mining Museum will receive an additional £120,000 and £100,000 is being made available to the Scottish Maritime Museum.
As part of its work in developing a national policy for the museums sector, a Scottish Museums Think Tank is considering how to secure a sustainable future for Scotland's industrial collections in the longer term.
"Scotland's museums and galleries have really challenging hurdles of sustainability facing them,” added Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland.
"In a tough economic climate and a competitive environment, museums and galleries across the country need to keep careful focus on their future. We are working with the sector to address these issues, encouraging innovative working practices and greater collaboration."