Highly Commended at Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Remembering Scotland At War, the pioneering online museum with a social networking area particularly aimed at 'capturing memories' developed by Museums Galleries Scotland, has been highly commended at the Museums and Heritage award ceremony which took place last night (12 May).

Remembering Scotland At War showcases and encourages personal accounts from civilians, younger and older veterans, and currently serving military of how conflict has affected them. It also features a dedicated learning centre where pupils, teachers and parents can download school-based activities and images. It is also available to teachers and pupils through Learning and Teaching Scotland's Scottish schools' intranet, Glow.

Joanne Orr, CEO, Museums Galleries Scotland said:
"We really enjoyed leading on this ground breaking project. We wanted to use advancing technology to increase the options for the way museums and galleries tell stories about their collections and - most importantly - how those stories affect individuals. What we have now is a well-received learning resource. We are delighted to have our work recognised with this accolade from Museums and Heritage."

In addition to the online museum's exhibitions, Remembering Scotland at War also features an interactive social media area where personal memories can be exchanged. Here, anyone can create a profile to upload their own reminiscences, photographs and videos, discuss exhibitions and make comments. The museum is free, constantly evolving and fully interactive.

To develop the online museum, Museums Galleries Scotland worked with 13 museums and galleries across Scotland to create the thought-provoking exhibitions. These stretch from The Museum of The Black Watch (Perth) and Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum (Lyness) to West Dunbartonshire Council and Highland Council. Part of creating these stories involved working closely with local schools, youth and community groups to gather emotive reminiscences.

For further information:

To explore the exhibitions or to add a memory visit the museum at rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk/

Further details on the Museums and Heritage awards available from http://www.museumsandheritage.com