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Online Collections and Resources


This page contains examples of what just some of the museums and galleries across Scotland are doing to connect with their visitors online, at this time. 

If you have any other examples you would like to share with us email Louise Storie, Marketing and Communications Manager

Case Studies

Museums of the University of St Andrews: Wardlaw online workshops

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Videos archived here - and are being cross promoted on Twitter @MuseumsUniStA

The Museums team at the University of St Andrews are working to reimagine the University Museums through curiosity and conversation, and to be a cultural and social hub. The team are running three online sessions each week.

On Mondays at 10am Wardlaw Workshops supply children with a mission for the week ahead and advice from an expert at the University of St Andrews to help them complete it. These projects range from creating secret messages like the ancient Incas, to building flying machines. Examples from the previous week are shown off, Blue-Peter-style, in the next week’s video. 

On Wednesdays at 1pm the session encourages adult audiences to take a 10-minute break for Wellbeing Wednesday with Museum Storytime, where the team tell anecdotal stories about the museum collections.

On Fridays at 10am, their ever popular Wee Wardlaw’s session for under 5s is now digital, bringing the audience rhymes, stories, activities and crafts inspired by their museum collections, and encouraging wee ones to create their own museum. 


Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Children’s activity packs and Dippy pen pal competition

Explore the museum virtual tour

The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum team are creating downloadable activity packs for children filled with craft, songs and rhymes for singing and moving and fun challenges.

The museum and cottage can be explored virtually with information texts included.

The museum is running a competition for children with Dippy their museum mascot to encourage them to try and stay positive and think of reasons to be cheerful.


The Scottish Football Museum

@SFootballMuseum and holds weekly quizzes for football fans a Scottish Football Museum online resource supporting Alzheimer Scotland in their delivery of the Football Memories League.

@FootballMemSco Facebook group for Football Memories

Scotland’s Football Archive represents thousands of images from the history of the game in Scotland. These images can act as memory triggers for people with dementia and can assist with short term memory recall. The website enables people throughout Scotland to access the digital collections of the Scottish Football Museum in order to facilitate reminiscence activity.

The Scottish Football Museum is helping to keep the Football Memories project going online for people living with dementia and their carers.


National Galleries Scotland: Fun art activities

The Learning team at National Galleries Scotland has been creating ‘wee taster activities’ for children and families to make their own discoveries about art. Every Monday, five creative activities, designed for children of all ages, are posted on the Museum’s website. Grown-ups are also encouraged to join in especially with the mid-week #ArtTogether activities. Everyone is then invited to share their artwork across social media, using #HomeArt.


Linlithgow Museum: Build our Collection LEGO Challenge

The team at Linlithgow Museum have come up with a simple but fun way of engaging its younger audience, through Facebook. Each week a photo of an object, from the collection, is posted online, and the mission is to recreate it in LEGO, and share on social media using #legochallenge.


Elgin Museum

The team at Elgin Museum have been reaching out to their visitors, including their younger audience, by sharing online activities for children, insights and star objects across their social media channels. With budding archaeologists in mind, during lockdown, a short video was created on how to set up your own dig outdoors as well as indoors.

Online Museum Collections And Resources

A list of Scottish museum online collections, activities and resources.