Dalkeith Museum achieves full accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland

Friday June 16th 2023


Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

Dalkeith Museum has achieved full accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland.

This highly sought-after award is part of the Accreditation Scheme in Scotland which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of Arts Council England.

Achieving this professional standard is no mean feat for a small museum, run totally by a team of volunteers, which can now sit comfortably beside large national museums, share listings with nationally recognised institutions, have the opportunity to borrow items from other collections and be able to apply for funding from MGS.

Norman Brett, Chairman of Dalkeith History Society, parent body of the museum said

“This award is important not only for the Museum but also for Dalkeith. It is the hidden gem at the bottom of the High Street and another reason to come and spend time in Dalkeith, to look beyond the modern façade and discover why Dalkeith was so important during key moments in Scotland’s history.

“The collection focuses on Dalkeith as a place of work, worship, learning and leisure and its standing in the community as the vibrant, self-sufficient, most important market town in Midlothian, visited by kings and queens, artists and authors. Our current bespoke exhibition features 19 prints by John Kay, the celebrated caricaturist born in Dalkeith in 1742.

In addition, spooky Dark and Deadly Dalkeith evening walks or our recently launched Friends of Dalkeith Museum programme provide supporters of the museum the opportunity to explore the darker side of Dalkeith or share the experiences of an interesting speaker and then enjoy a glass of wine in the more intimate and relaxed surroundings of the Museum by night.”

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“Many congratulations to all the team at Dalkeith Museum for achieving Accreditation. The accreditation process is incredibly thorough and achieving it is a fantastic accomplishment for the museum and the town. Accreditation will help the team to continue to showcase the history of the community and area through their busy programme of exhibitions and events”.

For more information about Dalkeith Museum visit their website dalkeithhistorysociety.co.uk.

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