Auchindrain named winner of the Enterprising Museum Award 2016
The winner of the Enterprising Museum Award sponsored by Museum Galleries Scotland was revealed at the 2016 Arts & Business Scotland Awards last night at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The Enterprising Museum Award celebrates a museum which has shown outstanding commercial innovation. This year the award was won by Auchindrain Trust for their Runrig Project.
The Runrig Project was created in response to Auchindrain having insufficient resources to operate properly and to conserve and maintain the historic landscape which forms its setting. They received funding to provide work experience for one unemployed young person, and from this beginning the project has grown, providing opportunities for a diverse mix of young people to gain experience in buildings and land maintenance, administrative skills or use of modern media and technology.
The Runrig project not only provided an innovative museum experience, but also encouraged learning for the local community in traditional rural skills that created employment opportunities and has built organic sustainability for the museum through engagement and social inclusiveness.
Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said;
'Congratulations to Auchindrain on this fantastic achievement. Their project showed real integrity and depth in breaking down the barriers to participation, demonstrating the commitment of museums across Scotland to social inclusiveness. I am delighted that their tenacity and imagination in realising their project ambitions has been recognised through the Enterprising Museum Award’
A full list of winners from the evening is available on the Arts and Business Scotland website.