Hunterian to receive over £2.1 million in SFC funding

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is to receive £2.178 million in funding, it was announced yesterday.

As Scotland’s largest university museum, The Hunterian will receive the largest share of the £3.6 million Museums, Galleries and Collections grant awarded to Scottish university museums by the Scottish Funding Council.

The funding was announced by Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

The Hunterian is one of the top five university museums in the UK, caring for over 1.5 million items. Its collections are encyclopaedic in nature, ranging from geological specimens to Mackintosh furniture and are, as a whole, formally Recognised as being of national importance.

University museums in Scotland look after over 2 million items which account for around 18% of Scotland’s national collection. They include the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection at the Glasgow School of Art, a collection of musical instruments at the University of Edinburgh and a collection of historic scientific instruments at the University of St Andrews.

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“Scottish university museums are an important educational and cultural resource for the nation. This funding is a significant investment in the valuable work that goes on there and will also support the museums’ ambition for the future in areas such as digital technology.”

Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian, said:

“We are delighted to receive this indispensable continuing support from the Scottish Funding Council, which will enable us to continue moving forward as one of the world’s leading university museums.”

The Museums, Galleries and Collections grant is £1.2m for three academic years beginning 2018-19. The funding will be managed by the Scottish Funding Council.

The universities that will share the grant are: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt, Robert Gordon University, St Andrews and Stirling.

First published: 9 May 2018

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