The Scottish Maritime Museum has been awarded a grant of £30,000 by the Robertson Trust to part fund a full time Learning and Access Officer for three years.

Taking inspiration from the Museum’s fascinating national maritime heritage collection, the new Learning and Access Officer will create and deliver an exciting programme of formal and informal education and engagement at the Museum in both Irvine and Dumbarton.

Beverley Donaldson, Acting Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains the opportunities the new post will bring to communities in North Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.

“We’re thrilled to secure this funding from the Robertson Trust. Appointing a full time Learning and Access Officer will enable us to build on our partnership working with a range of organisations.

“The engaging learning, health and well-being opportunities created will include a Men’s Shed where we will host monthly activities for older men facing social isolation.

“The new post will also enable us to develop our learning programme reaching young children in formal education through to lifelong learners looking to build their knowledge more informally. This learning programme will be based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and delivered through schools visits, public talks, activities and events.”

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by 

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.


Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine and Dumbarton

Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal resource for material relating to Scottish Maritime history, in particular shipbuilding and marine engineering.  

The Scottish Maritime Museum is based on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, and Dumbarton.

The buildings and sites which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are part of the collection themselves: The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the Linthouse, the A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons which was built in 1872 and salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Govan during 1991.

The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is located on the site of the former innovative William Denny Shipyard and features the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank.

The Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. It funds and supports a wide range of charities across the country. The Robertson Trust uses all its resource to advance its charitable purposes. 

The Trust was established in 1961 by the three Robertson sisters and all of its work is underpinned by their values of honesty, integrity and the ability to help people in need. To date, the Trust has given more than £150 million to charities.

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