Seven More Scottish Museum Collections Get Recognition

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 19 October 2007
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The entire collection of the Perth and Kinross Council Museums and Art Galleries has been recognised. © Perth and Kinross Council

Seven more collections from museums and galleries across Scotland have been identified as being of national significance under the Scottish Museum Council's Recognition Scheme.

The latest additions range from a farming museum to the entire collection of the University of Aberdeen, and bring the number of nationally recognised museums up to 17.

“To achieve Recognition status, the applicants had to demonstrate the uniqueness, authenticity, comprehensiveness, and national value of their collection,” said Douglas Connell, Chair of the Recognition Committee overseeing the Recognition of collections of national significance.

“The range of collections being awarded highlights the wonderful diversity of Scotland’s collections.”

a painting showing a group of young women surrounded by poppies

Poppies, 1891, George Henry (1858-1943). Part of the City of Edinburgh Scottish Art Collection. © City of Edinburgh Scottish Art Collection

Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Scottish Museums Council, the Recognition Scheme was launched in 2006 and aims to make sure important collections are identified, cared for, protected and promoted to a wider audience.

Recognised venues have the opportunity to big for special funding to undertake accessibility improvements and to improve how their collections are cared for.

The new Recognised collections are:

  • Aberdeen Council’s Aberdeenshire Farming Museums Collection
  • City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries Scottish Art Collection
  • The entire collection of the Scottish Mining Museum
  • The entire collection of Perth and Kinross Council Museums and Art Galleries
  • The entire collection of the University of Aberdeen
  • The Miners’ Library collection of the Museum of Leadmining at Walockhead
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