Scotland 365 is an exciting new project to transform the way we engage young people aged 16-25 with our collections.

Through our project, we will involve a wide range of young people through events and activities, training opportunities, research, volunteer placements, social media and many more new and innovative ways to help them explore contemporary Scottish heritage.

We are very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting this project through their Kick the Dust programme, which will run until the end of  2021.

Our key partners on Scotland 365 are Impact Arts, ProjectScotland and Young Scot. We will work with a range of additional partners and organisations over the next few years, reaching and engaging diverse young people across Scotland.

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

Project Updates

Impact Arts

As part of Scotland 365, National Museums Scotland ran summer residencies in partnership with Impact Arts in July 2019. 158 young people worked intensely with an amazing team of artists, musicians and performers as part of free creative workshops.

The programme, running in Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, exists to amplify the creative voices of disadvantaged young people. Workshops ran from July 2nd until July 26th 2019 and culminated in an electrifying national showcase at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.

This exciting summer programme of youth-led workshops offer free, safe creative spaces for young people to explore their creative potential working alongside professional actors, digital and visual artists, musicians and performers. The programme works with young people who are living in an area of deprivation, not in education or training and at risk of engaging in anti-social behavior.

Over the month young people from across the five residencies visited Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland at National Museums Scotland to get inspiration for their work. This year’s residencies culminated in a sharing event here at National Museums Scotland on Wednesday 24th July showcasing an impressive range of high-quality visual arts, digital art, new theatre and live music all created by the young people on the programme. This included an 8 foot tall pheasant perusing the Highland landscape paintings and interacting with visitors in the exhibition!

Impact Arts performances at the National Museum of Scotland in July 2019.

The following day saw the groups from across Scotland come together to celebrate their achievements in a multi-arts form, interactive performance and exhibition at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on the theme of Wild and Majestic Scotland.

Thanks also to the Scottish Government Cashback for Communities fund for supporting this programme.

National Museums Scotland are continuing to work closely with Impact Arts on Scotland 365. This year we are running weekly Aftercare sessions with vulnerable young people to develop their social networks, increase their artistic skills and explore their heritage through our and others’ collections. Young adults from across Edinburgh are referred to the programme and explore different art forms including animation, music and visual arts inspired by objects in the museum.

Art created in our Impact Arts aftercare sessions at the National Museum of Scotland in 2019.

Project Scotland: Youth engagement staff training

We are working with Project Scotland to deliver bespoke staff training around youth engagement with heritage, exploring ways to engage them with our collections, activities and organisation.

Project Scotland: Volunteer placements for young people aged 16-25

We will soon be launching a series of volunteer placements for young people, led by ProjectScotland. These placements will offer young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain skills, improve confidence and increase their understanding of the heritage sector. They will help us too – bringing their own approaches, ideas and understanding of what it is to be a young person today, helping us to shape and inform our youth engagement programmes into the future.

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

For more information about Scotland 365 please contact Laura Black, Project Manager on l.black@nms.ac.uk or 0131 247 4043

Find out more about the NLHF Kick the Dust fund.

Follow National Museums Scotland's Twitter and Instagram for live updates about the project. We'll share project updates using #Scotland365 and #KicktheDust hashtags.

Find out more

For more information about Scotland 365 please contact Laura Black, Project Manager on l.black@nms.ac.uk or 0131 247 4043.

Find out more about the NLHF Kick the Dust fund.

Follow National Museums Scotland's Twitter and Instagram for live updates about the project. We'll share project updates using #Scotland365 and #KicktheDust hashtags.

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