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Read our latest blogs from MGS and across the sector, including useful guidance and tips on working and volunteering in Scotland’s museums, project updates, examples of best practice, and much more.

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Next steps in creating the next National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries
Joe Traynor, Head of Museum Development, talks about the ongoing development of the next National Strategy and encourages Scotland's museums and galleries to have their say by completing the upcoming surveys.
A young adult with light skin and brown hair sits inside a small blue car at Dundee Museum of Transport.
A Trip to Dundee's Museums
All staff at Museums Galleries Scotland are given a Personal Development Day which can be used for volunteering, non-work-related training, or wellbeing. I decided to use my day to visit Dundee for the first time with the plan to visit as many museums as I could! I was lucky to visit the Dundee Museum of Transport (DMoT), The McManus and Verdant Works. I’m going to share my favourite experience in each museum along with some fun pictures.
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Yes, engagement with museums can help improve grades – if done right
MGS's Loretta Mordi, Learning and Engagement Manager and Dan Paris, former Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager, outline in the following blog how museums can support academic outcomes with the proper investment and ambition.
A group of adults walk in a line next to a body of water in front of Modern One, a wide two-storey neo-classical building with tall stone pillars.
The rise of the museum walking tour
Here we explore the increasing interest in museum walking tours and how they help tackle a number of today’s challenges.
A figurehead in the shape of a unicorn on the prow of the SS Unicorn in Dundee.
First Impressions on the EDISH Project
Two of our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage (EDISH) placements, Yashasvi and Erin, share their first impressions of their host museums on their first site visits.
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Museums and Galleries Practice course at the Stirling Smith
Hello, my name is Alan Gardiner and I’m currently employed as a Museum Assistant at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling, home to the collection of artworks produced and collected by the museum’s founder Thomas Stuart Smith.
An adult with light skin, brown hair tied into a ponytail, and a face mask leans forward next to a child with light skin and curly brown hair. They are looking in a case containing military objects at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum.
Creating a family friendly environment on reopening
As museums gradually re-open their venues safely and reconnect with audiences we continue our support for museums and galleries learning provision. MGS aims to support museum learning practitioners and enable them to provide a safe, welcoming environment and quality programmes for their audiences and visitors.
A young adult with light skin and wavy brown hair sits inside a small red car at Dundee Transport Museum.
Kickstart Scheme: Entry and Progression into the Heritage Sector
Emily Coxson, Digital Marketing Modern Apprentice at MGS caught up with Beth Hampton, former Kickstarter at the Dundee Museum of Transport (DMoT) to chat about her journey into the sector and how she’s progressed into her new role as Community Engagement Officer.
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Opportunity to inform the future of walking, cycling and public transport in Scotland and how this impacts museums
Transport Scotland have issued a public consultation on their routemap for walking, cycling and public transport, closing date 6th April 2022, with a view to reduce kilometres travelled by car by 20% by 2030. In this blogpost, we will provide some background on the consultation and why it is important for museums to respond.