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New plan to celebrate and shape work of Scotland’s museums and galleries launched

New plan to celebrate and shape work of Scotland’s museums and galleries launched

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has launched the third and final delivery plan for the National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, representatives from the sector and partner organisations.

The Delivery Plan follows hot on the heels of last week’s publication of A Culture Strategy for Scotland, which celebrates the transformative power of culture in Scotland and places museums and galleries firmly at the centre of delivering inspiring and diverse cultural activity.

The punchy new plan sets out how MGS and the sector will continue to achieve the ambition of the ten-year national strategy, Going Further, and respond to current challenges and opportunities in 2020-2022. Through their work, MGS will bring emphasis to developing sector resilience, workforce development, responding to the climate emergency and increasing digital capacity and infrastructure.

MGS has already started to pave the way for these priority themes with a revamped workforce development programme, MGS Skills Academy and Knowledge Exchange, offering formal and informal learning opportunities. The recently announced £250K award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop Forum Connections is a key component of MGS plans to develop the resilience of museums across Scotland.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“I am pleased to share this Delivery Plan which clearly sets out how MGS will work with museums, galleries and partners across Scotland and beyond to celebrate impact, develop skills, nurture progression and reinforce aspiration.

This is very much a collective endeavour and each organisation will respond to the Delivery Plan in its own way. Going forward, I encourage museums and galleries to regularly share their work with us to continue to inform our support and enable us to celebrate and bring attention to their achievements.”

Quote from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture said:

“This third and final Delivery Plan for Scotland’s National Strategy for Museums and Galleries sets a clear pathway for Museum Galleries Scotland to continue to support the sector in these important final years of the Strategy.

“There are a number of new challenges facing us, not least the need to respond to the global climate emergency, and this plan will help to ensure that Scotland’s museums and galleries are well placed to play their part.

“The plan also recognises the importance of developing a resilient and diverse cultural workforce. This chimes with the vision in our Culture Strategy for Scotland, launched last week, which includes additional support for Museum Galleries Scotland to build on their skills and employment programmes.”

Gillian Findlay, Interim Head of Museums and Collections, Culture Perth and Kinross and Vice President of the Museums Association said:

“Much has changed for museums and their communities since the Strategy was first published in 2012 and it’s good to see that this, the third Delivery Plan, recognises and responds to the very different context, challenges and opportunities we face now. We are a resilient sector which has achieved an extraordinary amount in recent years, often against a background of declining financial resource and capacity not always immediately visible to stakeholders and users, so it’s heartening to see MGS commit to gathering and sharing data with partners in order to champion the impacts we make and evidence our contribution across the National Performance Framework.

The prioritisation and confirmation of funding available to support collaborative practice, greener working, development of digital infrastructure and literacy, along with creation of vocational pathways to diversify and upskill our workforce, certainly speaks to the strategic priorities of my organisation, Culture Perth and Kinross, and I’m sure will be welcome by many other museums across Scotland. “

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life said:

“MGS play a vital role in sustaining and developing the Scottish museum sector and I am delighted to see the latest delivery plan focus on the key challenges faced by our museums. I look forward to working with MGS in delivering the next phase of the National Strategy.”

David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum said:

“This new delivery plan, the final part of Going Further, is more focused on working with the sector on keys areas important to it.  In particular, continuing the excellent workforce development programme and increasing the sector’s digital capacity, but more importantly developing a resilient and sustainable museums and galleries sector and showcasing the crucial role it will play delivering the new culture strategy.”


Read the Delivery Plan

Published 16 March 2020