Who we are, what we do

Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland. Our role is to work collaboratively to invest in and develop a sustainable museum and galleries sector for Scotland, in line with the aims of Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland's Museums and Galleries.

Find out more

Advocacy Guidance for Scotland's Museums

MGS launches a new publication to help Scotland’s museums and galleries make the case for the amazing work they do.

Money Matter Symposium

Book your place at our new Money Matters Symposium where we will be looking at financial sustainability for a growing museums sector.

MGS 2016 Full Funding Timetable Announced

Visit our funding pages for more information on our grants schedule for 2016.

National Skills Development Programme

Skills need updating? The National Skills Development Programme can help get you up to speed.

For Everyone: A Symposium on Intangible Cultural Heritage

Missed our event? Watch the symposium in full online

Realising the Vision

Find out more about our second Delivery Plan, Realising the Vision: Delivering Public Value through Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2015-2019.

From the web

Update on Kelvin Hall's £35m revamp project announced

2nd Jun 2016

Glasgow Life have released an update on the Kelvin Hall project in advance of its opening this summer.

University of Edinburgh launches new interactive app of Anatomical Museum

16th May 2016

Free app opens up areas of the Museum and Old Medical School building that are not usually accessible to the public.

Scottish Museums shortlisted for M+H Awards

14th Mar 2016

Glasgow Museums, Surgeons Hall Museum and the Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum featured in shortlist for Museums & Heritage Awards 2016

Our tweets

  • Our Top Retail Tips course will cover the essentials of running a shop in the heritage sector, 27 Sept https://t.co/x9Ut8Xq1TW

    21 Jul 2016

  • Developing Smart Sustainability gives "understanding of great challenges". Next course starts 23/08, available on https://t.co/BIuHcJSWBe

    21 Jul 2016

  • Our awesome guest blog by @DigIt2017 over at https://t.co/OtgKzANFTX asks if working in partnership is worth the challenge #HHA2017 #FOM2017

    20 Jul 2016

  • If anybody fancies a trip to @Auchindrain with @SGSAH_ there are 5 tickets left for their bus trip. For info see https://t.co/yvxlRQWnAK

    19 Jul 2016

  • Grats to @RoyalScotAcad, @GWLkettle, @WDCHeritage, @CulturePerth and @GlasgowMuseums on their Recognition funding! https://t.co/SLuPTPJCTD

    19 Jul 2016

  • 5 Scottish museums with collections of Recognised significance will share £335k of funding https://t.co/7cRfrdGBpd https://t.co/HxqTZSo1ci

    19 Jul 2016

  • Huge thanks to @britishmuseum - fantastic stories and learning from inspiring @Skills4Heritage trainees and managers #nextsteps

    18 Jul 2016

  • Job criteria fall into 3 categories:I can do it \ I have done it \ I want to learn #notrocketscience #mgstrainees #nextsteps

    18 Jul 2016

  • Great Q- if you had to "what sector would you move into which would help you bring needed skills into the sector" ?#nextsteps

    18 Jul 2016

  • #whatnext @britishmuseum trainee - "Trust the skills, trust the practical experiences you have had" when applying for jobs. #mgstrainees

    18 Jul 2016

  • Lots of ideas for past cohorts of #mgstrainees to pay-it-forward and help current @Skills4Heritage trainees. Keep your networks going!

    18 Jul 2016

  • As a trainee you get to ask, learn and develop from passionate professionals. It's a once in a life time opportunity. #whatnext

    18 Jul 2016

  • .@Skills4Heritage funding provided Learning Museums prog @britishmuseum "essential alternative to the museums studies route" #whatnext

    18 Jul 2016

  • V excited to see so many @Skills4Heritage trainees & managers #whatnext @britishmuseum

    18 Jul 2016

  • ...& 7) total visitor exp will keep you relevant. If people have a good time in cafe/shop, they'll return. Don't overlook these aspects.

    14 Jul 2016

  • 6) find ways of broadening horizons and introducing your visitors to new things. This can be with your layout.

    14 Jul 2016

  • 5) Be aware of what you're good at - and know where your limitations lie.

    14 Jul 2016

  • 4) all institutions have to work in a non-linear fashion. Things will become relevant again: don't be afraid to mothball things for a bit!

    14 Jul 2016

  • 3) store things that will be relevant in the future. Don't assume you don't need to keep things that are common now - someone has to!

    14 Jul 2016

  • Relevance tip 2) invest in people with knowledge who are good at making connections, to help keep collections relevant to future generations

    14 Jul 2016

  • ...so those are social, intellectual, emotional & spiritual. Remember visitors will be in your museum for at least one of these reasons.

    14 Jul 2016

  • We loved @xmazda's 7 top tips for staying relevant for museums: 1) collect objects with stories, remembering the 4 motivations for visits...

    14 Jul 2016

  • And our final session is @NtlMuseumsScot! Exciting :-)

    14 Jul 2016

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