Last week Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, raised the importance of International Museums Day within our Local and National Museums in a Members Debate at the Scottish Parliament.
During the debate, Mr Beattie raised awareness of how museums promote cultural exchange, development of mutual understanding and how museums are fundamental to preserving our culture and history.
Commenting after the debate, Colin Beattie MSP said:
“I was delighted to have been able to sponsor a Reception and hold a Members Debate for International Museums Day.
“Saturday 18 may 2019 marked the 42nd international museums day, and annual event coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). ICOM chooses a different theme for the event every year, always an issue of importance to the international museum community. This year’s theme was museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition.
“In my constituency, I am lucky to have two museums that help promote and cultivate local culture. The Musselburgh Museum, located on the High Street, established nearly a decade ago, and its own recent exhibitions have included the history of Musselburgh athletic football club and Musselburgh as the ‘cradle of golf’ in Scotland. Also, in Dalkeith, located in the town’s historic Corn Exchange Building, has recently held its own exhibitions on the effects of world war one Dalkeith and China Souvenir Ornaments stamped with the Dalkeith crest.
“I urge everyone to make a visit to your local museum and show your own appreciation for local and national history! These museums and the history behind them help shape who we are today and the big plus side to visiting a local or national museum is the majority of them are free admission.”
The Link to the Members Debate is available here: