An Enterprising Approach to Fundraising

Connect March 2017

This month’s feature is a little bit different from usual. Our March video feature is actually produced by our friends at Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage as a case study on one of the joint 2015 winners of the¬†Enterprising Museum Award, Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum. (The other 2015 winner being The Scottish Maritime Museum). Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is a four year, Heritage Lottery Fund supported, programme¬†that is both training and building confidence and skills for the heritage sector in Scotland to develop a more strategic and effective approach to fundraising.

The £2.2 million project of creating a dedicated space to contain the collections of Biggar Museum Trust, and the dynamic fundraising plans to pay for the new museum are an incredible feat. The decision to raise funds from a variety of different sources, including the local community, grants bodies and private sources, is an approach that RSH would like to see more museums take and is a key part of their training courses Make it Happen and Planning to Progress.

Since the museum opened it’s doors to the public in 2015 the Trustees, staff and volunteers have been working hard to ensure that the museum sits within the very heart of the community. It’s location on the high street is key part of the regeneration and flourishing enterprise that is developing in the local area.

Keep your eyes peeled this month for the winners of the 2016 Enterprising Museum Award, which will be announced at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards on 23rd March 2017!

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