Let there be light - £7300 boost for GTM

A tank at Grampian Transport Museum
A tank at Grampian Transport Museum

A Donside visitor attraction has received a £7305 funding boost from Museums Galleries Scotland to install new energy efficient lighting.

It is hoped the new lights will lead to lower running costs for Alford’s Grampian Transport Museum.

A statement from Museums Galleries Scotland, the national development body for museums and galleries in Scotland and main conduit of Scottish Government funding to the sector, said: “This award will enable the museum to replace the outmoded lighting with an energy-efficient system that will not only improve the visitor experience but also result in lower running and maintenance costs.”

The award to the attraction came as one of 15 to museums and galleries across Scotland.

Some £450,000 in grants were awarded to attractions, ranging from £7000 to £40,000.

Other beneficiaries include the Paisley Ceramics Collection (£40,000), the Museum of Edinburgh (£30,343) and the Scottish Maritime Museum (£14,585) in Ayrshire.

Douglas Connell, chair of Museums Galleries Scotland said: “These awards represent a significant investment in Scotland’s museums sector.

‘‘This capital funding is supporting projects that will help to secure long term sustainability for museums located right across the country – a fundamental goal of Museums Galleries Scotland’s work to develop and support the sector.”

Grampian Transport Museum is currently rated with four and a half stars out of five on online travel guide tripadvisor.co.uk.

Museum curator Mike Ward said: “Yes, the lighting project is a real step forwards for GTM.

‘‘For the first time we can control the exhibition lighting properly to add dramatic effect to our displays.

‘‘The use of new LED technology also allows for control of colour temperature, intensity and the exclusion of UV which is highly desirable for conservation of collections.

‘‘We expect up to 70% reduction in running costs and a potential annual saving of around £5000 so, yes, a very helpful and welcome improvement.”