Acquisitions & Development

Protecting Scotland’s treasures

From archaeological finds to artefacts and property gifted into our care, we take on new treasures from Scotland’s heritage when we can. Taking into account the resources and conservation expertise required, our role is to assess the significance and make every effort to keep these special pieces and places available to the public, to educate and inspire the nation and all who love Scotland.

Cherishing our collections

Given our rich history, Scotland is home to some beautiful and fascinating objects and artworks. We are privileged to protect and conserve over 100,000 precious artefacts at our properties. From letters sent by Robert Burns to the Batoni portrait at Fyvie Castle of Colonel William Gordon, all our holdings are cared fur using specialist conservation methods, and we take pride in teaching visitors their history and significance.

Case studies

Culloden's blunderbuss

For visitors to Culloden Visitor Centre, the blunderbuss is one of a small group of objects from the battlefield with powerful associations, providing a tangible link to the past. We have had this item on loan for ten years, and now have the first right to purchase it before it is possibly sold overseas. We have a limited timeframe to secure the blunderbuss, until 26 April 2014, at which time it will be returned to the owner if funds cannot be raised.

This item of national significance deserves to be shown where it can be appreciated – at Culloden Visitor Centre. Please join our campaign to keep the blunderbuss at Culloden by donating below.

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