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.

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

Photos © Neil Hanna.

Laura Murray www.lauramurray.co.uk 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 l.bennison@nms.ac.uk 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 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:

Young people have been exploring the National Museum of Scotland through informal visits, ‘Meet & Munch’ after-hours event and a ‘Jam Session’, to share their views and ideas about museums and heritage.

Above: Young people exploring the National Museum of Scotland. Photos © Andy Catlin.

Our plans are now with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scotland 365 will get underway from summer 2018 with Cashback to the Future, a summer residency delivered by our partners, Impact Arts, here at the National Museum of Scotland and in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Renfrewshire celebrating the contribution of young people to the cultural and creative life of Scotland.

Watch this space!

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

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:

Above: The Powering Up project in action. Photos © Ian Jacobs Photography.

We are now working with Haldane Youth Club in Balloch, West Dumbartonshire.

Watch out for information about our science event at Denny Tank Museum on 26 and 27 May 2018.

For more information, contact Craig Sinclair, Science Engagement & Outreach Assistant on c.sinclair@nms.ac.uk 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 j.miller@nms.ac.uk (Wed-Fri only) or Clare Meakin on c.meakin@nms.ac.uk at the National Museum of Scotland, or Nina Collins at Fife Young Carers on nina@fifeyoungcarers.co.uk.

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