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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

Delivery plans

To work out a structured approach to achieving the aims and objectives of the national strategy, we have produced two 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.

This is a 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. All museums should review the current delivery plan and embed it in their existing and future plans.

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)