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The Scottish Maritime Museum holds an important nationally recognised and varied collection of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, several small vessels, canoes, lifeboats and other fascinating personal items.
The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland, with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. At these two sites, the Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, and fascinating personal items.Many of these exhibits can be found inside the Linthouse Building in Irvine, a unique Grade A listed, 19th—century historic building known as the Linthouse Engine Shop ‘Cathedral of Engineering and at the Denny Tank in Dumbarton, the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank.
Similarly, a visit to the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton, is an opportunity to step back into the world of the Victorian ship designer. Built in 1882, it retains many original features including the 300-ft long test tank.
Education is a lifelong learning experience and the Scottish Maritime Museum has a valuable role to play in that process.
The Museum, founded on the historic and continuing importance of the sea to Scotland, opens up the past to our young people and allows them to explore their history and our contribution to the world in terms of maritime developments and pioneering engineering techniques. Recently, Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution invited the creation of a small Think Tank, bringing together representatives from the Museum and Galleries sector to work with the Scottish Government to develop a new Museums Policy statement.
Whilst addressing the key challenges identified during this Think Tank, the Minister stated that:
“A healthy museums and galleries sector is vital for Scotland’s cultural life, for education and for attracting visitors to all parts of the country.”
She has further endorsed her support for the Museum, stating
“The industrial museums and in particular the Scottish Maritime Museum, are a unique resource in telling the story of Scottish life and our industrial heritage.”
Context for Learning
The Scottish Maritime Museum has clear goals for its contribution to young people’s learning and development, and aims to raise awareness and understanding of Scotland’s maritime culture and heritage. The Museum is fully committed to promoting an understanding of our rich cultural heritage, highlighting our contribution to industry, making the exhibits accessible for study and enjoyment as well as preserving them for future generations.
These objectives are achieved with the inclusion of clear themes and links across the curriculum, especially in Social Subjects, Expressive Arts, Science and Technology, engaging and inspiring pupils of all ages.
The Museum provides a unique and stimulating learning environment which helps to put learning into context and brings learning to life by providing the sensory experiences of handling real objects, dressing up, and exploring original, restored buildings and artefacts.
Pupils learn best through activities and experience and we have a range of different activities to support pupils of all abilities and learning styles.