Health, Wealth and Happiness for Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

An exciting new project at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG) called “Health, Wealth and Happiness” will be the focus for the museum in the coming months.

Having secured £60,000 of funding from Museums Galleries Scotland’s COVID-19 Museum Development Fund, IMAG will embark on a diverse contemporary collecting and engagement project culminating in an innovative temporary exhibition hosted at the Museum. 

The initiative will explore the subject of healthcare in the Highlands, past and present, from poorhouses to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Healthcare is a topic of special significance to our region as the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, launched in 1913, was the first integrated public health service in the world and a forerunner of the NHS. 

Steve Walsh Chief Executive of High Life Highland commented:

“This is fantastic news as we prepare to open IMAG for 2021. 

“Funding will enable our Museum team to create new links with communities, highlight and reflect on the pandemic while sharing collections and understanding of the fascinating history of Health in the Highlands. “ 

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“We are delighted to support High Life Highland with the poignant ‘Health, Wealth and Happiness’ project.

“After the last year this project is especially topical and offers people across the Highlands a physical and digital space for reflection on the pandemic.

“High Life Highland’s commitment to contemporary collecting for this project, and their focus on audience wellbeing, highlights the important role heritage organisations play in documenting and reacting to the impact of the past year.”