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Scotland’s Recognised Collections

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I wasn’t even aware of the existence of Scotland’s Recognised Collections until a few weeks ago, when I came across the term in another blog, didn’t recognise it, and decided to do some digging.

I found that this referred to a group of collections (38 at the time of writing) managed by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, under the Recognition Scheme, which was introduced in 2007 to identify and support the most important, best-quality, collections of historic artefacts and artworks in Scotland’s local and regional museums and galleries:

Speaking in 2013, Scottish Government Minister, Humza Yousaf, said:

Our Recognised Collections contain some of Scotland’s most important, best quality historic artefacts and artworks held in museums and galleries right across the country, from Kirkwall to Annan and Dundee to Inveraray. Many Scots have a Recognised Collection practically on their doorstep.

The Year of Creative Scotland has been an unparalleled celebration of our nation’s rich creativity. Now it has drawn to a close I urge all Scots to help build its legacy by searching out and visiting the many treasures in our brilliant Recognised Collections.

Museums Galleries Scotland manages the Recognition Scheme on behalf of the Scottish Government.  Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, added:

In Scotland we enjoy some of the finest museum collections in the world. The Recognised Collections represent the absolute best of what some of our museums and galleries have to offer. From Orkney to Dumfries and Galloway visitors are inspired by collections of remarkable historic and social significance – whether they contain great wonders of past ages to everyday objects that were the essence of life for our ancestors.

Museums Galleries Scotland has a list of all the collections which fall within the Recognition Scheme, in the form of a pdf document which can be found here:

The Recognised Collections – A full list of the Recognised Collections with descriptions

I would have listed them, but it would only have become confusing, as some collections are spread over a number of museums in different locations, while some museums hold a number of collections.

You really need to look at the full listing in the document noted above.

However, by way of illustration, these ten collections were listed with the 2013 article mentioned above:

  • The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection of Glasgow School of Art
  • The entire collection of the Hunterian. University of Glasgow
  • The industrial and associated social history of North Lanarkshire Council
  • The entire collection cared for by Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
  • The Palaeontology and fossil collection at Elgin Museum
  • The RRS Discovery and Polar Collection cared for by Dundee Heritage Trust, Discovery Point, Dundee.
  • The Jute Collections cared for by Dundee Heritage Trust, Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, Dundee
  • The entire collection held by the British Golf Museum, St Andrews
  • The entire collection cared for by the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange
  • The core collection cared for by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, Bo’Ness

Looking at the whole list, it looks like something that would take a considerable time to work one’s way around – and plan carefully too, given the cost of fuel, and ferries.

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February 4, 2013 - Posted by | council | , , , ,

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