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The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther receives £75,000

Scottish Fisheries Museum
Image caption The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther will receive £75,000 from the Scottish government

The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Fife will have its funding protected next year as part of a £50m funding package for cultural attractions in Scotland.

Based in Anstruther, the attraction records the history of the Scotland fishing industry and includes a collection of more than 66,000 items.

It will receive £75,000 in 2013/14, as part of the £49.7m allocated to Scottish museums and galleries.

The museum described the funding as vital.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hislop said: "The Scottish Fisheries Museum is tremendously important to our nation and tells the story of our industrial past.

"It houses a nationally recognised collection that includes tens of thousands of historic artefacts, featuring everything from tools and equipment to photographs to wooden boats.

"It is vital this collection is preserved for future generations to learn about and enjoy."

Busy attraction

She added: "That is why, despite reductions elsewhere, I have allocated £75,000 to the Scottish Fisheries Museum."

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has had a busy 2012, including an upgrade to its tearoom and the opening of a community curated exhibition 'Iconic Artists in Iconic Places'.

The historic floating vessel 'Reaper' was also repaired last year and there are plans to take it to the south Forth ports in May.

Another project for this year is to find a new Large Objects Store for the Museum.

Simon Hayhow, director of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, said: "The Scottish Fisheries Museum is grateful to the Scottish government and the culture secretary for continued support for our work in increasing visitors and improving access to our collections.

"This funding is vital to us, and allows us to unlock other sources of grants for exciting and innovative projects, such as 'Home from the Sea' and 'Science and Sea Monsters' and work on developing the museum's range of public services for the future."

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