Fort museum gets 100th birthday cash gift from national museums body

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West Highland Museum has received a welcome £31,000 boost from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to refurbish the Fort William attraction’s Jacobite Gallery for its 100th anniversary, and in time for this year’s Return of the Stuarts exhibition.

The Return of the Stuart’s exhibition at the West Highland Museum this summer will feature rare portraiture of the Royal Stuarts in exile and will open on August 18 with lectures and tours from art historian Peter Pininski and Professor Edward Corp.

This latest cash grant, from MGS’ Museums Development Fund, swells the amount already raised through the Art Happens campaign.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to support the West Highland Museum through the Museum Development Fund. The team are taking a bold and positive step forward through the development of the Jacobite gallery and their exciting plans for the 100th anniversary of the museum in 2022.

‘We congratulate the team on their work with local businesses to both achieve fundraising targets and engage the community in supporting the project. Through the fund we are pleased to support their efforts in creating a significant space in the Lochaber area to highlight Scotland’s history.’

Museums Galleries Scotland is the national development body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector.