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Friday, July 9, 1999 Published at 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK


Glasgow calls for arts aid

Scotland's museums have a range of exhibits

The announcement of a 2.7m grants package for England's top museums and art galleries has prompted a call for similar help in Scotland.

BBC Arts Correspondent Rosie Millard: "Museums hope the Government will commit more money in the long term"
In the first round of awards from a 15m museums fund, grants will go to 49 institutions which have been singled out because of their outstanding collections.

Liz Cameron, Glasgow's convener of arts and culture, said the city's attractions such as the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum, would benefit greatly from such a move.

Liz Cameron: "Glasgow is a source of national heritage"
"We are simply saying that designated status in England gives an extra 3m plus what they are already getting through that scheme to collections of national importance outside London.

"We would maintain that schemes like that might well be of benefit to our museums in Glasgow."

Edinburgh is given "national" status therefore qualifies for funding similar that announced in England.

[ image: A Culture Commission is to be set up]
A Culture Commission is to be set up
Ms Cameron went on: "It doesn't necessarily have to be national status, it may not even have to be something like designated status in England although it could be something like that."

She said 70% of visitors to Glasgow's museums come from outside the city, justifying her description of its venues as "a source of national heritage".

The Scottish Parliament is set to establish a Cultural Commission to look into arts funding.

The projects in England which will share the latest round of grants include a new gallery in Portsmouth which will display items discovered during excavations of the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.

There will also be a new exhibition of Stonehenge material at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum and the conservation of 500 pairs of historic shoes in a new display in Northampton, the home of England's footwear industry.

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