The Moray Society

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Elgin Museum is owned and managed by The Moray Society. Membership is open to all who support the Society’s aims. Museum Volunteers are not required to be members of The Moray Society, although their membership is most appreciated.

The history of The Moray Society is essentially that of Elgin Museum. The original name was the Elgin Scientific Society, which soon after became the Elgin Literary and Scientific Society and for some 40 years in the mid-twentieth century, the Elgin Society.  The primary function of The Moray Society is to safeguard the Museum, and ensure that the Museum and any associated activities contribute to the Society’s aims to promote and conserve Moray’s heritage. Members, volunteers and visitors are from all walks of life and we strive to make Elgin Museum’s collections and events accessible to all. Join us to find out more!


The Moray Society is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity. It has a Board of Directors, including a President, Vice-president and Treasurer/Company Secretary. Board meetings are held at least four times a year and are advised by a Finance Committee.  The AGM is held on the last Friday in April.


Our income is made up from Moray Society subscriptions, donations by visitors and organisations, bequests, shop sales, and grants to fund specific projects.  Gift Aid is claimed when individuals have completed the form, and on monies in donations boxes. While it is relatively easy to get grants for specific purposes (albeit time consuming), our greatest difficulty is in finding revenue funding for running expenses so we are ever more reliant on donations, however small.  Although we continue to work with Moray Council, especially in the shared fields of tourism, heritage and education, we no longer receive a grant.

Elgin Museum Management Committee

Day-to-day management of Elgin Museum is devolved by the Board to Elgin Museum Management Committee. Members are ex-officio The Moray Society Office Bearers, the Museum Assistant (and other employees who may be co-opted), the Museum Mentor and volunteers with specific responsibilities within the Museum. The Convenor is Line Manager for any employees. Moray Museums Service currently acts as our Museum Mentor for the requirements of Accreditation.

Activities Committee

The Activities Committee organises the winter lecture programme and other events from time to time, including a conference approximately biannually. Any Moray Society member who would like to help with the Committee’s work should contact Elgin Museum.  Duties are not onerous – meetings to plan the programme take place only about three times a year, and members also help with promoting and staffing events.

The Civic Committee

The Society’s Civic Committee is currently in abeyance for want of a Convenor.  In the past, activity has included organising Doors Open Days for Moray and contributing comments to the consultation periods of Moray’s Forward Plans. Any Moray Society member interested in the past and future of Moray’s built and natural environment and in reinvigorating the Committee is welcome to contact Elgin Museum.

Fundraising Committee

Elgin Museum remains independent, is not in receipt of any regular financial support. The Fundraising Committee seeks to develop and maximise income, and welcomes not only donations but assistance to put good ideas into practice. Fundraising events include an annual coffee morning and a quiz, and ad hoc musical entertainments. Grant applications are made (and subsequently have to be managed)  whenever possible for any expenditure – main projects for 2015/16 include “The Dandaleith Stone” and employment of our Education and Outreach Worker. Recent donors of grants include Association of Independent Museums, Museums Galleries Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, ElginBID, Robertson Trust, National Acquisitions Fund, the Art Fund, the Recognition Fund, the Elgin Fund, the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Walkers of Aberlour, Johnstons of Elgin, Gordon and McPhail and the Elgin Common Good Fund.

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