Farming Museum receives MGS funding
Following a boost of £31,380 from Museums Galleries Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council’s Farming Museum at Aden Country Park will embark on a new approach to making and curating exhibitions to encourage new visitors.
A new interactive exhibition will be developed later in the year to encourage local people to get involved in creating an exhibition for and by the people of the north east of Scotland.
Community groups and local residents will be able to contribute and recommend objects for display in a new approach to curation that combines family memories and museum expertise.
The exhibition will include special objects and stories from previously unseen archives with some items dating back almost 6,000 years that chart the farming story of the north east of Scotland from its origins to the present day.
Arts and heritage manager Carol Leathley said: “Attitudes are changing to museums, arts and heritage collections. Involvement in and access to museums can change peoples’ quality of life and offer regular opportunities to meet, make new friends, share information, use and build new skills.
“The project will include a consultation and exhibition to find out about attitudes towards the museum, using this information to make changes that encourage new visitors.”
It is envisaged that a broad range of community groups and individuals will participate in the development of bold contemporary heritage displays, to include digital and hands on displays.
People will be able to contribute material to the display during their visit in any creative form whether it is a comment, drawing, story, memory or object of special meaning.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “I pass on my congratulations to the farming museum in its successful application for funding and its ambitious plans this year.
“The planned exhibition will encourage visitors to really be part of the display with museum staff and local people working together to capture local stories and explore them further through the rich and diverse objects in the museum’s collections.”
Vice chair Councillor Ron McKail added: “This is great news for the farming museum which already does an excellent job and will strengthen its role in educating people about local history.
“The funding will support community access to as yet unseen farming, agricultural, arts and heritage collections, I look forward to seeing it take shape and encourage people to get involved.”
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum was one of 20 projects across Scotland to receive a share of £641,000 of funding from Museum Galleries Scotland recognition fund, announced earlier this month.
Museum Galleries Scotland Chair Douglas Connell said: “We are pleased to start 2015 with a substantial funding round to support ambitious museum projects.