illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

06/07/2017 Admin

The dark of winter may be an unwelcome thought at this time of year when it’s still light at 10pm but a festival of light just doesn’t work in July. That’s what Connect learned this month when we travelled to the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) in Irvine to talk to


Giving Back: Spotlight on Volunteering

07/12/2016 Kelly Forbes

The season of giving is upon us and this month’s Connect we wanted to highlight a different kind of “giving” that happens all year round. We’re talking about the many volunteers who give up their time to support  museums and galleries across Scotland. We travelled to Dundee to Scotland’s Jute


The Lister Project – Recognising Success

08/11/2016 Kelly Forbes

Often when you hear us talk about recognition, it’s usually in conjunction with the word “scheme”. In this month’s Connect we want to focus on the gaining recognition from achievement and success. We’ve noticed as part of our ongoing work to help museums become better advocates of the important work


Crafting the Mine – Getting to grips with Minecraft in Museums

03/10/2016 Kelly Forbes

Crafting the Mine is our very first video feature in our revamped e-newsletter Connect. Crafting the Mine is a Small Project Fund project of the National Mining Museum Scotland (NMMS) who worked with Stephen Reid of Immersive Minds to recreate Lady Victoria Colliery entirely in the popular video game, Minecraft.


Changes to Festival of Museums grants announced

This week we opened our 2017 Festival of Museums fund for applications. For regular participants the big change to be aware of is the requirement to generate income to help fund 25% of your event costs. It is not as scary as it might sound but we are urging museums