Museum holds steady in economic storm


THE award-winning Scottish Fisheries Museum has held steady amid a difficult financial climate.

That was the report given by exiting chairman of the trustees, Alex Gardner, as he addressed the 38th annual conference recently.

He said: “As everyone will know, 2010 was quite a diffcult financial climate in which to operate, but the museum continued to attract visitors and benefit from the recurring grants from both the Scottish Government and Fife Council, for which we thank them again.”

Admission income received in 2010 was slightly down to £51,278, compared with £52,903 in 2009.

Trading deficit for the year was £48,808, compared with a 2009 surplus of £5,694.

Mr Gardner added: “Staff continued to bring in additional external grant aid funding and the museum benefited from four major grants through Museum Galleries Scotland.

“These allowed us to continue funding the learning and access officer, with additional financial support by the Robertson Trust, carry out valuable research in various locations across Scotland and on our own ‘recognised’ collections, develop the long-awaited boat-building project and substantially improve security throughout the museum to satisfy major lending institutions.”

After a five-year term, Mr Gardner will now step aside for his successor, Dr David Corner, who retired as deputy principal of St Andrews University a few years ago.