National Museums Scotland Community Engagement is grateful for funding and grants to enable us to deliver a range of projects across Scotland. This vital support enables communities across Scotland to enjoy access to our collections, try fun activities and experience new learning opportunities.

Girls Rip It Up

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop prompted a lot of visitors to pick up their instruments again, dust off their collection of LPs and crank up their favourite tracks by Scottish musicians.

For the group of young women who live locally in Edinburgh and met each other for the first time in October 2018, this exhibition took them on a bigger journey.

You can find out more about the project here.

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Craft Scotland: Celebrating Scottish Craft

for people living with dementia

In a partnership programme supported by Craft Scotland, we are working with two outstanding Scottish-based craft-makers to run a series of high-quality craft workshops and events at the National Museum of Scotland.

Joanna Kessel delivered four workshops in January and February, making mosaic pieces inspired by the museum collections. 

Photos © Neil Hanna.

Laura Murray will be running jewellery making workshops on the following dates:

Saturday 10 March 13:30-16:30
Saturday 17 March 13:30-16:30
Saturday 24 March 13:30-16:30

The workshops will be fun and experimental. Looking at artefacts in the Museum's collection for inspiration, participants will design and sketch and experiment with colour, then translate their designs onto metal, learning techniques such as hammering, filling, drilling and forming.

There are a limited number of places available. For more information, contact Laura Bennison on for the National Museum of Scotland (tel: 0131 247 4435 Mon, Tues only).

Craft Scotland

Kick the Dust: Scotland 365

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Kick the Dust fund support for our new ambitious youth engagement project, Scotland 365.

National Museums Scotland is the only single Scottish heritage organisation in receipt of this funding, totalling £776,000 over three years from 2018. Through Scotland 365 we will work with diverse young people to explore contemporary Scottish heritage.

You can find out more about the project here.

National Lottery Heritage Fund    Supporting Year of Young People 2018

Young Demonstrators

Formed in summer 2015, our group of Young Demonstrators meet regularly to plan activities and events for other young people in the museum. So far they have created their own tours, given visitors the chance to dress up in our photo booth, run object handling for the public and even worked with an artist to create a comic strip about Dolly the sheep! They are now hard at work, with other young people, helping to shape our new Scotland 365 youth project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Kick the Dust programme.

The Adventures of Dolly the Sheep

Above: The Young Demonstrators worked with artist Henry Cruickshank to create a comic strip starring our very own super sheep, Dolly.

You can find out more about the Young Demonstrators here.

Powering Up: Schools Science Outreach

Powering Up is our new schools and communities science outreach project, made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower FoundationWe are working with primary and secondary schools, families and communities in Midlothian, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire to take science engagement to them.

You can find out more about the project here.

Scottish Power Foundation

Curiosity! BBC Children in Need/Wellcome Trust

From Spring 2018, we will be taking National Museums Scotland science engagement activities out to children and young people across Fife.

We are supporting Fife Young Carers in delivering a science outreach and engagement project, funded by the BBC Children In Need and Wellcome Trust Curiosity fund. 

For more details, contact Jane Miller on (Wed-Fri only) or Clare Meakin on at the National Museum of Scotland, or Nina Collins at Fife Young Carers on

Inspired: Films by HND Television students from Edinburgh College

Students in their second year of HND Television at Edinburgh College Milton Road campus were given a brief to create three-minute videos in response to an artefact or display at National Museums Scotland. You can find out more about the project and see the films here.

Still from 'Animals of Africa' by Lewis Whitelaw

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