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.
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.
"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.
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.