Skills Development Programme

"Very well taught course, went through complicated issues clearly"

"Both course and course tutor were one of the most informative resources I’ve attended, definitely worthwhile and hopefully will be of benefit"

The Skills Development Programme includes activities supported and delivered both by MGS and partner organisations with a national remit.

Volunteers from The Museum of the Black Watch enjoyed the Object Handling course delivered via the National Skills Development Programme

For information on skills opportunities and upcoming courses please sign up to our Skills Development Programme newsletter



2016 Training courses and workshops:



August & September

October & November

Please contact our Skills Development Manager for more information.

Hints and Tips Workshops

The Hints & Tips workshops are open to all museums and cost £20 to attend. They consist of half day, informal, introductory sessions on a range of topics. These sessions are an opportunity for MGS to deliver resources and to share good practice and case studies and for participants to share ideas, experience and network with others in the sector. New workshops for 2016 will be listed here shortly.

Investment Fund Surgeries

45 minute slots can be booked to discuss your projects with the Investment Manager. These sessions can be in person at MGS or over the phone.

Rates & Bookings

Rates for courses vary but MGS always offers reduced rates for subscribers and volunteers. To check rates or to book online please see the Conferences and courses listing.

Travel Bursaries

Travel bursaries may be available to help cover all or part of the cost of getting to a training course. For further information please contact our Skills Development Manager.

MGS has also set up a Skills Development Fund to support museums to work in partnership to run collaborative training courses and skills development programmes in Scotland. The aim is to increase access to good quality, affordable and relevant skills development support for the museum sector and to strengthen knowledge sharing, partnership working and peer support. More information regarding the next round of funding will be available soon.