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Argyll Aspires

Argyll Aspires is a CHARTS collaboration with Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, the Argyll Collection, and Argyll Estates. This innovative apprenticeship and training scheme was made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  

Argyll Aspires offered opportunities for young people to live, work and remain in the region and help the partner heritage venues prosper. helped to create jobs and develop skills for young people in the region, including skills development in:

  • Care for collections
  • Curate displays
  • Promote Heritage
  • Assist researchers
  • Gain qualifications

Argyll Aspires hosted three entry-level positions, which included a Museum and Galleries Practice Modern Apprentice at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and an Assistant Archive Trainee at Argyll Estates. These placements were designed to support young people, including those who have limited access to further education and employment. 

Each heritage organisation gave young people career experience within their sites, helping them develop skills and understand the employment opportunities available in museums and heritage settings.

The Argyll Aspires team also worked to engage young people with The Argyll Collection, a unique group of over 170 artworks, first established sixty years ago as a learning resource for school pupils in Argyll, currently situated within Argylls schools and libraries. In Spring 2023, secondary school pupils from Rothesay Academy curated an exhibition of selected works at Mount Stuart. The experience provided school pupils with curatorial skills and access to heritage professionals to produce a learning resource from which other young people throughout the area can benefit. Work with the Argyll Collection is now being continued through The Argyll Collection, Reconnected, a CHARTS-led project funded by Art Fund to review the cultural significance of the  Collection.

For more information, see case studies in our projects review 2022-2023.

If you want to learn more, please contact Argyll Aspires Project Manager Sarah Longfield at


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