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National Strategy

National Strategy: Going Further

The National Strategy​ aims to unite the sector in purpose to work towards a more sustainable future.

Museums Galleries Scotland developed Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries  in consultation with Scotland’s museums sector, and it was launched in March 2012. The compelling and inclusive shared vision has greater public value firmly at its heart.

The vision

Scotland’s museums and galleries will be ambitious, dynamic and sustainable enterprises: connecting people, places and collections; inspiring, delighting and creating public value.


The national strategy aspires to:

  • maximise the potential of collections
  • strengthen the connections between collections and communities
  • develop skills
  • foster a culture of collaboration and enterprise
  • enhance sustainability
  • encourage a global perspective

Previous Delivery plans

To work out a structured approach to achieving the aims and objectives of the national strategy, we have produced three delivery plans since 2012. Each has involved extensive consultation with Scotland’s museums sector.

The first delivery plan was drawn up in 2012. From Strategy to Action: A Delivery Plan for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2013–2015 addresses priorities and outlines specific actions developed from the consultation.

In 2015, we reviewed progress and set out a second delivery plan, Realising the Vision: Delivering Public Value through Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2015–2019. This details how Museums Galleries Scotland and the sector will work together to maintain the momentum to build a sustainable future for the sector. In October 2019 we examined the progress in meeting the objectives of the delivery plan and created a report, Realising the Vision Together. This evaluation highlights the challenges faced by Scottish museums whilst also celebrating many of their achievements over the last four years. 

The delivery plans are call to action for Scotland’s museums and galleries to take part in every aspect of delivering the national strategy – from alignment and investment to evaluation and advocacy. 

Delivery Plan for the National Strategy for Scotland's Museums and Galleries 2020-2023 

The final final delivery plan supporting Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries was launched in March 2020. This Plan builds on the achievements of the sector while responding to current needs and opportunities. To address the current needs of Scotland’s museums and galleries, the plan outlines four areas of specific strategic focus for 2020-2022, that will be supported through targeted activity. These areas of focus are Sector Resilience, Climate Emergency, Workforce Development and Digital Capacity. 

Download the Delivery Plan

Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries​ (PDF, 1MB) From Strategy to Action: Delivery Plan 2013-2015 (PDF, 3MB) Realising the Vision: Delivery Plan 2015-2019 (PDF, 917KB) National Strategy Delivery Plan 2015-2019 (excerpt) (PDF, 6MB) Realising the Vision Together: Evaluation of the Second National Strategy Delivery Plan (PDF, 771KB)