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Festival of Museums

Festival of Museums

In August this year MGS announced that the annual Festival of Museums weekend would not return in 2019. Instead it will be replaced by the new Regional Engagement Fund. Rather than limiting funded events to one weekend, museums will be able to apply to MGS for funding to support involvement with local or regional festivals or tourism events. 


Read the press release on the changes.


Further information on the Regional Engagement Fund will be available shortly. 


Support produced as part of the Festival will still be of help if you are planning on running an event in your museum. Please see below for links to our webinars and PR toolkit.


PR and Marketing Resources


Our PR toolkit has been produced in collaboration with PR agency Stripe Communications, and will help your museum get the most from this year’s festival and maximise your local media coverage and social media engagement. 


Click here to download the PR Toolkit




To help you in planning and running your event, MGS offers a series of free webinars. This year plans are to run sessions on:


  • Event planning (15 November with The Tall Ship - participants from last year) - view the webinar
  • Income generation (20 February with Ruthanne Baxter of Edinburgh University Museums) - view the webinar
  • Regional promotion (4 April, 2pm) - view the webinar


We record each webinar, so you can also view those produced last year for inspiration - topics include effective PR, event planning and evaluation. Visit our Vimeo page to see more. 






You can get in touch with our Festival of Museums project manager if you have any questions about our plans for the future.


Sarah Burry-Hayes
Marketing Manager
Telephone: 0131 550 4133