Monday, February 2, 2009

Cash bid to build on marine heritage

Inverclyde Council is seeking a £60,000 cash injection that would be invested into developing Inverclyde’s marine heritage.

Should the Heritage Lottery Fund bid be successful, the Council’s Regeneration Committee has agreed to top up the funding with a £6,600 boost.

Greenock’s McLean Museum is already home to an excellent maritime collection but the culture team wants to purchase more marine art works that are relevant to Inverclyde and the lower Clyde.

The £66,600 funding would also allow comprehensive staff training, research and public activities to be taken forward on the area’s maritime legacy.

The museum’s current collection includes over 70 model boats, ships and other craft including several full models built by Inverclyde shipbuilders. There are also items such as nautical tools and marine engine models.

It also has works from maritime artists including Robert Salmon, William Clark, John Fleming, Patrick Downie in addition to a collection of over 5,000 maritime photographs.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Regeneration Convener, said: “While we progress the regeneration of Inverclyde, it is essential that we continue to celebrate the area’s maritime legacy. The McLean Museum is Inverclyde’s heritage focal point and already boasts a fantastic collection of marine works, but we want to build on this.

“The funding we are seeking would also allow us to take forward a range of public events and even web-based activities to take Inverclyde’s maritime heritage to a wider audience.”

The Council expects to know the outcome of the bid in May

Sam Davidson author of ‘Marine Art and the Clyde’ has written to the Council to express his support for the funding bid to expand on the current collection which he describes as “excellent”.

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