Scottish museums receive £500,000 investment

By Jenni Davidson | 11 April 2013

Museums and galleries across Scotland will share more than £500,000 of Scottish government funding.

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Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery© Ham [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Twenty-four museums and galleries have been awarded money from the Capital Fund programme, which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.

The programme awards grants of up to £40,000 to support renovation or conservation projects, development of new facilities and major purchases.

“These awards represent a significant investment in Scotland’s museums sector,” said Douglas Connell, the Chair of the organisation.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the grants benefiting such a wide geographical spread of museums across the country.”

Among the recipients is Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, which needs special storage for its significant collection of French and Dutch pastels, including some by Degas, Manet, Renoir and Gauguin.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum will be able to buy new sails for The Reaper, a 1902 sea-going herring drifter, while the roof of the Glencoe Museum will be re-thatched roof using traditional techniques and materials.

The Scottish Government has given an extra £100,000 to the MGS Capital Fund this year.

“Scotland’s museums and galleries are tremendously important, telling the story of our nation and attracting visitors from around the world," said Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

“That is why, in line with the Scottish Government’s strategy to support economic recovery and create more jobs, I am increasing capital investment in our museums and galleries.”

Full list of awards:

  • Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Trust - £15,840 to upgrade the lighting and install a glass door
  • City of Edinburgh Council - £26,290 to upgrade environmental monitoring systems for its displays across all 11 Edinburgh City Museums
  • Dornoch Heritage - £15,974 to install solar panels at Historylinks Museum
  • Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum - £40,000 to conserve and build a hanger for its Battle of Britain Spitfire
  • Dunbeath Preservation Trust - £14,323 to buy custom-made display cases and improve insulation for Dunbeath Heritage Centre
  • Glasgow Life - £28,000 to purchase bespoke storage for the Dutch and French pastels in the Burrell Collection.
  • Glasgow Women’s Library - £40,000 to help renovate its new premises in Bridgeton
  • Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum - £20,000 to re-thatch the roof and promote traditional Highland crafts
  • Grampian Transport Museum - £40,000 to repair the roof
  • Helmsdale Heritage Society - for a new a new lighting system at Timespan
  • High Life Highland - £34,721 to buy a tractor and trailer to transport visitors around the Highland Folk Museum
  • Inverclyde Council - £5,000 to upgrade storage for the Egyptology collections at the McLean Museum
  • Moray Society (Elgin Museum) - £10,687 to create more storage and a study room/research facility
  • Mull Museum - £10,541 to upgrade IT equipment
  • Paxton Trust - £10,700 to replace blinds that control the amount of UV light on the collections at Paxton House
  • Scottish Borders Council - £19,050 to assist refurbishments to the gallery at Hawick Museum
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum - £40,000 for a new set of main and mizzen sails for The Reaper fishing boat
  • Scottish Maritime Museum - £7,748 to create an education area
  • South Ayrshire Council - £40,000 to continue developments on Rozelle House
  • Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum Trust - £12,100 for high security display case for a major archaeology exhibition to include the Stirling Torcs
  • The Ian Mackintosh Memorial Trust (Montrose Air Station) - £10,500 to upgrade its lighting
  • The University of Glasgow - £37,943 to create a new scientific and medical research display area in the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
  • The University of Stirling - £7,137 for four new exhibition cases for its art collection
  • West Dumbartonshire Council - £14,157 to upgrade its museums store at Poplar Road, so all museumand fine art collections can be held in one central store
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