Museums Galleries Scotland has announced the museums that successfully bid to their recognition fund and three Glasgow city and Greater Glasgow museums will benefit. Recognition funding is reserved for museums who hold collections which have been recognised as Nationally Significant by the Scottish Government.

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh which Glasgow Museums plans to celebrate with a new exhibition of their stunning Mackintosh and Glasgow Style collection. An award of £57,500 will allow them to appoint an assistant curator to help develop and deliver the project. Visitors can also look forward to a full and fascinating programme of activities and events.

Clydebank Museum is home to the sewing machine collection and Singer archive – the largest collection of its kind in Europe. West Dunbartonshire Council, who run the museum, is keen to raise the profile of this unique collection and an award of nearly £60K from Museums Galleries Scotland will allow them to do just that. A major exhibition is planned and the funding will allow them to appoint a specialist curator to help deliver the project.

Glasgow Women’s Library receive almost £60K to explore innovative approaches to how they display and interpret their collection of historical and contemporary artefacts that celebrate the lives, histories and achievements of women. They will appoint an assistant curator who will work with community curators to widen access to services that encourage women to explore issues from poverty, women’s health and surviving violence.

Sue John, Enterprise Development Manager at Glasgow Women’s Library said:

“As a Recognised Collection of National Significance, and indeed the only Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s history in the whole of the UK, we are truly delighted to receive this support. This funding will place diverse and marginalised communities at the heart of decision making about our museum displays, ensuring that our histories are told by those whose voices are often unheard. We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to our exciting new displays in the near future.”

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“The Recognition Fund allows Scotland’s most important collections to create a better experience for their visitors. Almost all of the projects involve new appointments so our investment is bringing vital additional capacity to deliver projects that will bring long lasting benefits for the museums, their visitors and their communities.”

Since it was launched in 2007 around £6m has been awarded through Museums Galleries Scotland Recognition Fund to support 150 projects. There are 46 collections in Scotland which are Recognised as Nationally Significant Collections by the Scottish Government, and all are eligible to apply for Recognition funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to improve how people experience the collections.