You might think that with around 250,000 objects in Aberdeenshire Museums Service’s collections that we would have enough objects to look after. Well, that would be true in a way, and a wonderful job it is too! However, collections aren’t static – time doesn’t stand still, and neither should museums. That is why we have a Collections Development Policy, which describes not only the contents of our collections but also identifies gaps. This helps the museum team decide what to acquire and why we do so.
Our main guideline is that the object has to have a strong association with Aberdeenshire, either as the creator of the object or the object itself has strong links with the north-east. For example, we have recently acquired an etching by James McBey, self-taught artist and etcher, who was born and raised in Newburgh.