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Scottish Maritime Museum

11/05/2006

A national collection charting Scotland's maritime heritage over the last three centuries has been safeguarded with the help of an additional £115,000 from the Scottish government.

Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson today announced additional funding in 2006-2007 for the Scottish Maritime Museum's collections - based in Irvine, Braehead and Dumbarton.

Ms Ferguson said:

"Scotland has a proud and distinguished maritime history. The Scottish Maritime Museum houses a collection which is a great asset to the nation providing a fascinating and educational experience for all those who visit."

"This additional funding will assist the maritime museum safeguard and improve its collection, in turn attracting more visitors who want to learn about Scotland's maritime history."

Scottish Maritime Museum Director David Thomson said:

"We are delighted with the news. We look after many unique and important items from Scotland's Maritime Heritage and the Minister's support is fabulous news.

"Funding will be used for essential repairs and to improve the condition of the collection so that visitors today, and in the in the future, can enjoy the collections to the full."

£90,000 of the funding will go towards the maintenance of the museum's floating vessel collection and £25,000 will be invested in the land-based collection.

The Executive's response to the Culture Commission report was published in January 2006 and made a commitment that future funding for non-national museums, including Scotland's industrial museums, will focus on supporting significant 'national standard' collections.