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The Future for South West Scotland's Museums

The south-west is a dynamic region which has a strong history and local distinctiveness. This project has been designed to celebrate this distinctiveness by providing free and enhanced access to the museum collections of the region that will help to define it.

Targeting the needs of the community and those interested in the region, whether resident or visitor, it has a collection-driven theme, which is built around the key areas that make the region so distinctive from the rest of Scotland. These themes will grow as the project grows and be supported by thought provoking interactives and resources.

The website, will be launched in 15th July 2006 at the Doon Valley Museum, Dalmellington by the Minister of Culture, tourism and Sport, Patricia Ferguson.

Future Museum has been developed by East Ayrshire Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council in collaboration with North and South Ayrshire Councils. The lead organisation is East Ayrshire Council. The project is funded by the Regional Development Challenge Fund which is funded by the Scottish Executive and administered by the Scottish Museums Council on its behalf.

‘East Ayrshire Council has been leading this project, which is a wonderful asset for the region. From what I’ve seen so far, it will be a truly excellent resource for both the community and the tourism sector.’ Jim O’Neill, Chair of Community Services

‘This RDCF project embodies the creativity with which the Scottish museums and galleries sector approaches partnership working. Future Museum South West promises to be a real asset enabling easier access to regional collections. In addition, the website will promote broader links with tourism initiatives, demonstrating the integral role museums play in the lives of our local communities.’ Joanne Orr, Director, Scottish Museums Council