£3.6m boost for museums' array of treasures

Internationally important collections belonging to Edinburgh are to benefit from a £3.6 million funding announcement.

News of the cash boost for Scotland’s university museums was delivered by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville.

The award, announced at Glasgow School of Art, will be managed by the Scottish Funding Council.

Renowned collection

University museums look after over two million items, accounting for 18 per cent of Scotland’s national collection.

They include Edinburgh’s renowned collection of musical instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection at Glasgow School of Art and a collection of historic scientific instruments at St Andrews.

Scotland’s university collections represent a resource of outstanding scholarly, educational and cultural importance. This investment recognises the significance of our university museums.

Shirley-Anne SomervilleMinister for Further Education

Enhancing accessibility

Ms Somerville said the funding will support projects across nine Scottish universities.

It will enhance the public accessibility of those museums and galleries and help build on existing community engagement and outreach work.

The Museums, Galleries and Collections grant is £1.2m for three academic years beginning 2018-19.

The universities that will share the grant are: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt, Robert Gordon University, St Andrews and Stirling.

This funding is a significant investment in the valuable work that goes on in Scottish university museums and will also support the museums’ ambition in areas such as digital technology.

John Kempinterim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council


This is fantastic news. The grant will support innovative work in university museums, spanning local inclusion programmes to international engagement projects.

Jacky MacBeathConvenor of University Museums in Scotland

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