Cash back­ing for mu­se­ums project

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A PROJECT to help se­cure the fu­ture of mu­se­ums through­out the High­lands has re­ceived £ 50,000.

‘Our Col­lec­tive Fu­ture’, be­ing led by The High­land Mu­se­ums Fo­rum, re­ceived £ 54,900 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

It is hoped the 18-month project will help 19 in­de­pen­dent mu­se­ums which have suf­fered from dras­tic fund­ing cuts by High­land Coun­cil.

The money will help pay for a range of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for mu­seum staff and vol­un­teers. Mu­se­ums will work to­gether, shar­ing skills and knowl­edge and cre­at­ing even bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal people to be­come in­volved.

Mal­laig Mu­seum, West High­land Mu­seum (Fort Wil­liam) Glen­finnan Sta­tion Mu­seum and Glen­coe Mu­seum are in­volved in the part­ner­ship and will ben­e­fit from an in­di­vid­ual busi­ness re­view and fundrais­ing ad­vice.

Hege Hernes from Glen­finnan Sta­tion Mu­seum told the Lochaber Times: ‘I see the project as a com­ing to­gether to find ways of cop­ing with a new and ad­verse fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion for the in­de­pen­dent mu­se­ums in the High­lands. With­out fund­ing from the coun­cil many will be un­able to pro­vide job se­cu­rity for staff which, in turn, may have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the way we look af­ter our her­itage in this part of the world.

‘The fo­rum will now be able to com­mis­sion a busi­ness con­sul­tant who will scru­ti­nise each mu­seum’s op­er­a­tion and iden­tify po­ten­tial sav­ings as well as po­ten­tial rev­enue sources.’

The project, which has also re­ceived money from Mu­se­ums Gal­leries Scot­land, is due to fin­ish in October 2018.

Com­ment­ing on the award, Ali­son Boyle, chair­woman of High­land Mu­se­ums Fo­rum, said: ‘ We are thrilled to have re­ceived the sup­port of the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and are confident the project will se­cure an ex­cit­ing and re­silient fu­ture for in­de­pen­dent mu­se­ums in the High­lands.’

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