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Museums Galleries Scotland is a values-led organisation, committed to the ongoing development of a positive culture for its people. From individual objectives to organisational goals, we are influenced by our values: collaboration, courageousness, integrity and a passion for museums and galleries.

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Our vision is that Scotland’s museums and galleries are thriving, connected, and resilient organisations which are agile in embracing change. Trusted and valued by the widest diversity of Scotland’s people, our collections, and the shared stories we tell, are accessible and inclusive to all.

Scotland's Museums and Galleries Strategy 2023 - 2030

This vision is embodied in Scotland’s Museums and Galleries Strategy 2023-2030. The strategy aims to unite the sector in purpose to work towards a more inclusive, sustainable future.

We work together, as an organisation and in partnership with others, to invest in and develop Scotland’s museums and galleries, for current and future generations to enjoy. We welcome opportunities to work collaboratively with organisations who share our values and vision.

As the national development body it is important for us to be agile, aware of future challenges and responsive to changing needs. We aspire to be a high performing organisation, effective and efficient, and investing in our people.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

We strive to be an anti-racist organisation. We are committed to lead by example as an anti-racist development body for the Scottish museums and galleries sector. This sits within our wider responsibility to work in an inclusive way.

Read about our commitment to anti-racism at MGS and how we are supporting the sector to also work in an anti-racist way.

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Our Climate Commitment

We are a climate aware organisation and act in response to the Climate Emergency declared by the Scottish Government. We support Scotland’s museums and galleries to take action to meet net zero targets and become environmentally sustainable organisations.

Read about our climate commitment and how we support the sector to take climate action.

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Statement on Fair Work

Fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, organisations, and society. We want to ensure that the organisations we work with are committed to fair work and the five dimensions it focuses on; effective voice; security; opportunity; fulfilment; respect.

Read our statement on Fair Work.


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