Our vision for the future
Why we’re doing it
Scotland's amazing marine wildlife and our marine environment are of international importance. However, they are facing increasing pressure and threats. The Scottish Government has launched a National Marine Plan and designated a number of Marine Protected Areas, recognising the importance of Scotland’s coasts and seas. The project will enable us to increase wider understanding of the importance of the marine environment and wildlife, and create more opportunities for people to get involved.
Since opening in May 2000, our staff, volunteers and trustees have worked hard to deliver an award-winning visitor experience as well as inspiring education and conservation programmes. We receive a huge amount of interest from schools and visitors about Scotland’s coasts and sea life and our aim is to build on that interest with the 'National Marine Centre'.
What might it look like?
The existing education centre building will have an additional floor added to accommodate the demand for school visits. In addition, the existing Centre will be extended to create vital additional space for exhibitions and events.
We have undertaken some initial work with architects and designers to produce some outline drawings and concepts to show a possible solution. We will share progress as ideas are developed in consultation and ensure that the existing landmark buildings are improved and enhanced.
What will be delivered?
The project will deliver a variety of new programmes, events, exhibitions and activities. Here’s just some of what we’re planning…
• New education programmes about marine heritage. This will include outreach activities across Scotland which will bring exciting and dynamic marine education programmes to communities and classrooms all over Scotland.
• The development of new and upgraded exhibition space will enable the Centre to more fully interpret the marine environment and wildlife, creating a wide range of interactive and changing exhibits that will inform and inspire visitors about their marine heritage.
• We’re planning on working in partnership with other organisations, including universities, to share insights from local, national and worldwide research.
How are we delivering this?
We have a full time Project Director, a part-time Project Officer, and a Fundraising Manager at the Centre, as well as a Strategic Group which includes trustees. We also have wider support from other key organisations. Also a ‘Marine Advisory Group’ has been set up to provide specialist advice and expertise to the project team on marine-related content and activities.
How can I get involved?
All ideas, thoughts and suggestions are very welcome. We’re planning to undertake a number of engagement and consultation activities over the course of the project. We have also just launched a public questionnaire
to help us understand more about people’s knowledge, understanding and interest in the marine environment.
If you have questions or would like to find out more about the project, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org