Funding Boost For Four Small Innovative Scottish Museums

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 19 December 2007
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Perth and Kinross Museums. © Scottish Museums Council

Four museum and heritage projects specially designated to increase access to museum and gallery collections and recently designated as being of national significance to Scotland have been given the green light to receive extra funding.

The four are the Scottish Lighthouse Museum; Perth and Kinross Council Heritage Service; the Lead Mining Museum at Wanlockhead and the varied museum collections of the University of Aberdeen.

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They will be opening up the stores at the Scottish Lighthouse Museum. © Scottish Museums Council

Each institution has been devising projects to unlock their resources and collections for the public enjoyment.

“These excellent and well thought out projects really demonstrate how a modest amount of funding can dramatically increase access to museum and gallery collections,” said Joanne Orr, CEO of the Scottish Museums Council.

Visitors to the Scottish Lighthouse Museum can look forward to going behind the scenes at the Fraserburgh museum thanks to a £39,988 grant to create an open store that will reveal the extent of the stored collections.

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The University of Aberdeen will invest its £40,000 in an online database of their extensive museum collections. © Scottish Museums Council

Perth and Kinross Council Heritage Service will use their £39,999 to increase signage in three of their venues and buy new display cabinets whilst the University of Aberdeen will invest its £40,000 in an online database of their extensive museum collections.

A £39,998 project that will help raise the profile of the Lead Mining Museum at Wanlockhead, will see the Recognised Miners’ Library set at the heart of the museum to show the impact of mining on the Wanlockhead and the wider community.

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The Miners Library at Museum of Lead Mining. © Scottish Museums Council

The funding will also be used to fund a social historian to research the collection, create a new printed guide, an online guide, digitise books and new interpretation boards.

“Ultimately it is the public who will benefit most from these projects as they will have new ways to explore, interpret and enjoy these Recognised Collections of National Significance,” added Jean Orr.