These include reciprocal loans, training and advice support as well as working in partnership to deliver the Lewis Chessmen Unmasked touring exhibition together with the British Museum in 2010/2011. Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula also partnered with us on the youth engagement project Scotland Create: A Sense of Place.
We now begin an exciting new phase of collaboration with the opening of the Lews Castle Museum & Archive. Nearly a third of the fascinating objects on display are on loan from National Museums Scotland, including a number of spectacular Viking hacksilver hoards and a 1923 Morgan three-wheel motor car, which was driven in Stornoway and on the island of Berneray. These loans provide rich, new opportunities for fruitful collaboration for many years to come, with a number of projects already planned.
A team of curators and registrars travelled to Stornoway in March to transport and install our collections on loan.
Both National Museums Scotland and Museum nan Eilean have found this a very rewarding experience. Nick Smith, Heritage Manager for Museum nan Eilean states:
“Partnership with National Museums Scotland has been an essential factor in the development of the new Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle. A close working relationship with National Museums Scotland staff has contributed to a high quality exhibition which will provide an excellent visitor experience.”
The Lews Castle Museum & Archive officially opened to the public on Thursday 14 July 2016.