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Building on regeneration and heritage

Building on regeneration and heritage

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with Scotland's Regeneration Forum (SURF). Both organisations are keen to make more of their shared interests in linking heritage with community regeneration.

SURF’s overall objective is to improve the lives and opportunities of residents in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities. The formal MGS/SURF partnership will support practical cooperation and learning on the connections between infrastructure, assets, heritage, community participation and inclusive economic growth; especially in disadvantaged areas.

SURF and MGS will work together to highlight the key roles that museums and heritage play in enabling more participative community regeneration across Scotland. Both partners will be working collaboratively on linking national policy with local assets through SURF’s Heritage and Creativity Alliance, a group of national agencies involved in promoting heritage and creativity as catalysts for community regeneration.

Welcoming the announcement of the new partnership, Andy Milne, Chief Executive of SURF, said:

‘SURF has long advocated the wisdom of productively linking heritage, creativity and community regeneration. Increased cooperation with Museums Galleries Scotland, will help us share the knowledge, skills and views of the Scottish museums sector, with those of our wider SURF network. I’m confident that will bring real benefits for everyone working for more cohesive and successful communities.’

Lucy Casot, Chief Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

‘Museums play a vital role in communities across Scotland. They help to connect people, enhance our visitor experience and bring a positive economic impact. Museums Galleries Scotland has already worked to highlight the role that museums can play in regeneration, so we are delighted to continue this work with this new SURF partnership.’

Published 26 March 2019