Welcome to our blog where we celebrate 60 years of funding through the stories of some of the acquisitions the NFA has supported since 1953. During the course of the next year we will hear directly from museums which have benefited from the Fund as they contribute posts about the engaging, intriguing and often spectacular objects they have acquired for their collections.

We start with the NFA’s first ever award, to Stromness Museum in Orkney for the purchase of specimens of the rare North Ronaldsay breed of sheep, and find out how a famous Scottish artist became involved in their display. Later we will hear about a remarkable survival from 1746, a paper fan depicting the Siege of Stirling acquired by Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum; about a rare wartime issue of the Beano acquired by Leisure and Culture Dundee which contains a message to Hitler; and about a recent acquisition for Angus Council, the Freedom casket and Burgess ticket presented by his home town of Kirriemuir to Peter Pan author J M Barrie.

These stories confirm the vital role of the Fund in continuing to help museums, galleries, libraries and archives throughout Scotland to develop their collections and preserve aspects of our shared heritage. We hope, having read these absorbing stories, you will folllow the links to the museums’ websites to find out more about their collections.

Hazel Williamson
National Fund for Acquisitions Manager
National Museums Scotland

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