Coll Hoard Conservation

Conserving the Ilse of Coll's heritage

The Kilmartin Museum successfully crowdfunded to conserve 13 items of Bronze Age metalwork recently discovered on the RSPB Scotland reserve at Breachacha, Isle of Coll. We caught up with Anne Smart of Kilmartin Museum on their journey to success.

Why did you decide to Crowdfund? 

The project we decided to Crowdfund for was fairly time sensitive, as the artefacts needed conserved sooner rather than later and Crowdfunding seemed to be a good way of raising funds to a deadline. We also wanted to research the possibility of using Crowdfunding for a larger project at a later date.

What do the funds raised mean for your project? 

The funds raised means that our project to conserve Bronze Age artefacts can go ahead, which is exciting for us as we can then display them to the public as well as learn from them.

How is crowdfunding different from how you normally finance or fundraise for projects? 

As a charity we finance most of our projects through ongoing fundraising, such as grants, our Friends scheme and Museum entrance fees. Crowdfunding was different in that it took place over a finite period of time, so was a more intense fundraising strategy.

What will you use the money for and what has happened since you hit your crowdfunding target? 

The money will be used to conserve 13 ancient Bronze Age artefacts with a view to display them at the Museum. We also allocated funds to go towards the rewards offered for donating, and any extra we made will go towards the conservation of a carved cross fragment found in a ruined chapel near the Museum.

What would be your top tips for others considering crowdfunding? 

Get organised beforehand! Have people lined up to spread the word about the campaign before it begins, and keep momentum going with regular updates.

You received a £5,000 pledge from Crowdfunder's heritage fund, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. How did you find the grant application process on 

The grant application process was simple to complete and the quick turnaround of the decision added momentum to the campaign.

Is this a waste land extra funding