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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has unveiled a pioneering strategy that connects Scotland’s entire network of museums and galleries in a drive for greater collaboration, innovation and creativity.
Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries aims to unite the sector in purpose to work towards a shared vision to achieve a more sustainable future.
It highlights forward thinking projects, currently being driven by the sector, which illustrate how the aims can be achieved – such as the enterprising Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Coastal Rowing Project – where communities are being engaged through the medium of local heritage, to come together to build boats and form rowing clubs.
Joanne Orr, CEO, Museums Galleries Scotland, said:
“The Strategy is essentially about encouraging the sector to harness the power of their considerable ambition and enterprising spirit, changing how we work for greater public value and benefit. It is about maximising the potential of Scotland’s unique museum collections, empowering the workforce through skills development and developing a more global perspective through our collections and culture.”
“This is a very powerful message and challenge and we, as the new National Development Body, are here to facilitate and support this new approach.”
Fiona Ballantyne, Chair of the Museum Strategy Group and of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:
“This strategy has been born out of a year of intensive dialogue with and amongst sector and partner organisations, which allows us to set out together with a very strong sense of purpose and future direction. This empowerment and ownership is a fundamental element of the sector working together to deliver the strategy and will continue to be instrumental to its success.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“Scotland is a nation rich in culture, in heritage and creativity. Our museums and galleries welcome around 25 million visitors every year, attracting people to all parts of Scotland and making a vital £800 million contribution to the Scottish economy. We simply cannot underestimate their significant educational, social and economic value.
“The launch today of a pioneering strategy for the entire sector, together with the announcement that the Scottish Government will grant £3.3m funding for the sector, reaffirms the government’s strong commitment to the development of Scotland’s museums and galleries. The strategy is also an opportunity for the many other organisations responsible for museums in Scotland to recognise their value and to join with others in the sector to commit to its future.”
Ms Hyslop will welcome the strategy during a visit to the historic Bo’Ness and Kinneil Railway this afternoon. She will later present it to representatives of the museums and galleries sector at a reception event in Edinburgh hosted by Museums Galleries Scotland.
The next steps for the sector are a series of roadshows early this summer where museums can discuss the Strategy and contribute to the development of a Strategy Delivery Plan.
Going Further The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries is now availble to read.
30th Mar 2012
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