Investing in cultural infrastructure

We are continually investing in expanding, refurbishing and maintaining our cultural and historic resources, to ensure that the public are encouraged to engage with arts and culture.

Our continued support for the National Collections has allowed them to maintain free access to their world class collections, thereby ensuring that no-one is prevented from engaging with Scotland's art, culture and history.

Through Museums Galleries Scotland, the National Development Body for the Scottish museums sector, we support 460 museums and galleries across Scotland that attract around 25 million visitors, generate more than £79 million and sustain more than 3,500 tourism-related jobs each year.

In 2017, we worked with Historic Environment Scotland and partners to develop a long-term Infrastructure Investment Plan for restoring, enhancing and conserving our built heritage to support our tourism industry and to continue to provide a world-class experience for visitors.

Capital projects underway in 2018 include:

  • completion of the £80 million V&A Museum of Design in Dundee
  • a £16.8 million extension to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh (due for completion in autumn)
  • a £10 million refurbishment of the National Library of Scotland in Causewayside, Edinburgh (due for completion in March)

Projects completed in 2017 include the £11 million Engine Shed project, which created Scotland's first national centre for historic environment conservation skills.

Projects completed in 2016 include a £35 million refurbishment of Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.