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On Friday, 16 September, Edinburgh will be centre stage for a distinguished museums conference organised by Museums Galleries Scotland. Entitled Collaborating to Compete, the event taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons, boasts a dynamic line up of industry leaders who will highlight inspirational examples of best practice in the 21st century.
Speakers range from the commercially successful Sovereign Hill in Australia, to the enterprising Happy Museums Project by the Museum of East Anglican Life.
The conference programme addresses three central themes: new partnerships; sustainability and entrepreneurship. Delegates from the public and sectors will be actively encouraged to think of new ways of working. Sessions will cover emerging concepts – from ‘Museumpreneurs’ to how to build ‘happy social enterprises’.
The conference will culminate with the launch of a consultation to develop a National Strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries by Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.
Joanne Orr, CEO, Museums Galleries Scotland said:
“This is our first event on this scale and we are proud to host a conference that will both challenge and inspire the Scottish museums sector to move towards becoming braver business. Collaboration is at the heart of the day and we wanted to bring like-minded people together to be inspired, encouraged and think about ways to work together – not only to overcome the current economic challenges – but to shape a sustainable and successful future. It’s an opportunity to come together and discuss the burning issues.”
Collaborating to Compete will take place at the Surgeons Hall, Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on Friday 16 September 2011. The conference is now fully booked but people unable to attend are invited to follow via a live Twitter feed on #MGSConf.
Work to develop a National Strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries began following the Scottish Government response to the Museums Think Tank report published last December.
A consultation will open on 16th September and run until 8 November. The National Strategy will be published in January 2012. For further information go to Developing a National Strategy
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