Funding boost for Farming Museum

The Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
The Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Aberdeenshire Council’s Farming Museum at Aden Country Park will embark on a new approach to making and curating exhibitions to encourage new visitors following a £31,380 boost from Museums Galleries Scotland.

A new interactive exhibition will be developed later in the year to encourage local people to get involved in creating an exhibition for and by the people of the north east of Scotland.

Community groups and local residents will be able to contribute and recommend objects for display in a new approach to curation that combines family memories and museum expertise.

The exhibition will include special objects and stories from previously unseen archives with some items dating back almost 6,000 years that chart the farming story of the north east of Scotland from its origins to the present day.

Arts and heritage manager Carol Leathley said: “Attitudes are changing to museums, arts and heritage collections. Involvement in and access to museums can change peoples’ quality of life and offer regular opportunities to meet, make new friends, share information, use and build new skills.

“The project will include a consultation and exhibition to find out about attitudes towards the museum, using this information to make changes that encourage new visitors.”

It is envisaged that a broad range of community groups and individuals will participate in the development of bold contemporary heritage displays, to include digital and hands on displays.

People will be able to contribute material to the display during their visit in any creative form whether it is a comment, drawing, story, memory or object of special meaning.

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum was one of 20 projects across Scotland to receive a share of £641,000 of funding from Museum Galleries Scotland recognition fund.

Commenting, Cllr Lenny Pirie said: “The Farming Museum is a tremendous asset to Buchan and is highly-regarded.

“However, it’s important that our museums are not just static displays but are refreshed over time with new ideas and new exhibitions. This funding will help ensure that Aden remains a first class attraction.”

Cllr Jim Ingram added: “I congratulate the staff on securing this funding award and look forward to the next stage in the lift of the Farming Museum at Aden, which plays a vital role as keeper of the rural heritage of Buchan.”