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.

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:

The project got underway 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.

Cashback to the Future 2018

In July 2018 over 200 young people aged 12-19 have been taking part in Cashback to the Future across five different locations in Scotland thanks to funding from National Museums Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund Kick the Dust Fund and the Scottish Government Cashback for Communities fund.

Cashback to the Future is an exciting summer programme of youth-led workshops that 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 behaviour.

Cashback to the Future

This year Cashback to the Future ran at the National Museum of Scotland as well as venues across Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. Over the month young people from across the five residencies visited Rip It Up: A Story of Scottish Pop to get inspiration for their work.

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This year’s Cashback culminated in a sharing event here at National Museums Scotland on Thursday 26 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 transforming our Learning Centre into an early 90s rave with visuals and glo-sticks!

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 Paisley Abbey in front of a large audience on the theme of ‘My Museum’.

You can see a playlist of short animations made during the summer programme here:

You can find out more about Cashback to the Future on the Impact Arts blog.

National Museums Scotland will continue to work closely with Impact Arts on Scotland 365.

Impact Arts

Other events

Young people have also 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.

Funding raised by The National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund     Supporting Year of Young People 2018

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