Scottish museums to receive £500,000 upgrade fund

The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Ayrshire is among those set to benefit from fund. Picture: PA
The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Ayrshire is among those set to benefit from fund. Picture: PA
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MUSEUMS and art galleries across Scotland are to receive a share of more than £500,000 of funding for improvements.

• Scottish art galleries and museums are to benefit from a £500,000 fund for improvements

• Glasgow Life, Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum and Park Gallery among successful applicants of funding

The cash boost from the Scottish Government’s Capital Fund is being dished out among 24 centres by development body Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).

Successful applicants include Glasgow Life, which will purchase suitable storage for the Burrell Collection’s Dutch and French pastel artworks with its £28,000 share.

Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum is getting £20,000 to re-thatch its roof and to promote Highland crafts in a new exhibition while over £19,000 will assist Scottish Borders Council with plans to refurbish the Park Gallery and its surrounding areas.

Grampian Transport Museum in Aberdeen will have its roof re-covered with a £40,000 grant, IT equipment will be updated at Mull Museum with the £10,000 earmarked for it and South Ayrshire Council plans to use its £40,000 of funding to develop Rozelle House, near Alloway.

Educational visits to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Ayrshire, will benefit from more than £7,000 and City of Edinburgh Council has been awarded over £26,000 to upgrade its environmental monitoring systems.

A total of £120,000 has also been awarded to Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust in Fife and Glasgow Women’s Library.

Douglas Connell, chair of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “These awards represent a significant investment in Scotland’s museums sector.

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

“MGS experienced huge demand from the sector and additional funding from the Scottish Government has allowed us to increase support for projects that will help to ensure their long-term sustainability.”

Councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Sir William Burrell amassed an outstanding collection of Dutch and French works on pastel which, following his bequest, now belong to the people of Glasgow.

“We’re delighted that Museums Galleries Scotland is supporting us and this grant will help ensure that these fantastic works are appreciated by generations to come.”

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

“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.

“My decision to allocate an additional £100,000 to the MGS Capital Fund this year means we will be able to do more to preserve and enhance these important collections, boosting the Scottish economy and bringing social and community benefits across Scotland.”

Under the Capital Fund programme, MGS awards grants of up to £40,000 through the Scottish Government to support renovation or conservation projects or major purchases.