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.

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, Edinburgh and the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

Craft Scotland workshop

Our workshops are designed specifically for those living with dementia, their family, friends, partners and carers to showcase the range of talent, abilities and interests that people retain.

Joanna Kessel will be running workshops at the National Museum of Scotland on the following dates (ideally participants will sign up for all four workshops):

Saturday 20 January
Saturday 27 January
Saturday 3 February
Saturday 10 February

Laura Murray will be running workshops at the National Museum of Rural Life on the following dates (ideally participants will sign up for all four workshops):

Friday 26 January
Friday 2 February
Friday 9 February
Friday 16 February

For more information, contact Laura Bennison on for the National Museum of Scotland (tel: 0131 247 4435 Mon, Tues only) or Nicola Bray for the National Museum of Rural Life (tel: 0131 247 4180).

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 four years from 2018. Through Scotland 365 we will work with diverse young people to explore contemporary Scottish heritage.

We have been working with our partners to develop further our youth project ideas. Our partners are Young Scot and Project Scotland. We are also working with:

We held a ‘Meet & Munch’ after-hours event on 1 December and a ‘Jam Session’ on 2 December 2017, enabling young people to explore the galleries at the National Museum of Scotland and to share their views and ideas about museums and heritage.

Workshop, part of the Scotland 365 Jam Session 

There is still time for young people, aged 16-25, to have their say – and earn Reward points – by filling out this online survey from Young Scot.

Scotland 365 will get underway from summer 2018 – watch this space!

Funding raised by The National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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 for 2017/18.

We are working with primary and secondary schools, families and communities in Midlothian, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire to take science engagement to them.

Focusing on renewable energy, we are working with local partner museums:

For more information, contact Craig Sinclair, Science Engagement & Outreach Assistant on or 0131 247 4486 (Tues–Thurs & Fri am).

Powering Up is made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower Foundation.

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

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