The past few weeks have been very busy for the finance part of the Committee. It was agreed at the AGM on 30 May 2018 that the subscriptions should all be increased by £5 for each category of membership. Also, it was decided that the subscriptions which are paid by Standing Order would be paid into the Milngavie Branch of the Clydesdale Bank. This has caused some confusion as a number of members are not aware that a standing order is a repeating payment set up by the member to pay to the Friends and therefore the onus is on the member to contact their Bank to change the amount and also the Bank to which the Standing Order should be paid. In this way it is totally different from a Direct Debit which is under the control of the organisation to which any money would be paid.
Most of the Grants which have been settled this year were grants which had been approved in previous years. A Grant of £10,000 to help towards the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Conservation Department was approved in principle on 7 August but has not been requested by the end of this financial year. We have, however settled a number of grants granted in previous year as follows:
£15,000 for the First World War Exhibition “Brushes with War” was paid on 23 July 2018.
A Grant of £9,000 towards the Inner City Exhibition at GoMA was settled on 18 February 2019.
The Children’s Art Competition received £2,090 to help with the purchase and engraving of the medals and £200 was awarded for cheques of £50 for 4 worthy winners.
£30,000 was granted towards the Jessie M King Archives paid in two separate amounts of £15,000.
We are, as always very grateful, for our members’ continued support in order that we may continue to assist Glasgow Museums.
Morag C. Robertson