Scotland’s museums and galleries actively seek to adapt and evolve in response to social, economic, and environmental factors. With future sustainability an underpinning goal, museums and galleries collaborate to tackle challenges and maximise opportunities.
Scotland’s museums and galleries operate on sustainable business models that reflect good financial practice and confidently demonstrate their value to society.
- Undertake timely, informed, and effective organisational planning, governance, and delivery.
- Increase and diversify sources of sustainable income.
- Improve our ability to advocate for the value and impact of museums.
- Create and share guidance on how to develop strong governance models and business plans.
- Attract a diverse range of funders by advocating for the contribution of museums towards Scotland’s national wellbeing and economic prosperity.
- Enable museums to develop resilient and enterprising business practices by delivering training and sharing learnings.
Find out more about the Financial Resilience priority area by exploring these resources.
Scotland’s museums and galleries are environmentally sustainable organisations taking action to meet net zero targets.
- Improve carbon literacy and the measurement of carbon use in our organisations.
- Prioritise actions to reduce the carbon footprint of museums and galleries.
- Improve the sustainability of museums and galleries by using circular economy principles, reducing waste, and supporting local suppliers.
- Use collections, cultural programming, and indoor and outdoor spaces to help visitors to engage with the climate and biodiversity emergency.
- Give consideration to the roles which museum buildings can have in the event of climate emergencies.
- Share tools and resources to enable museums to take climate action, measure their environmental impact, and build their sustainability.
- Develop climate sustainability networks and share best practice across the museum sector.
- Support the museum sector’s transition to net zero by enabling access to skills training.
- Facilitate the participation of museums in net zero strategies, opportunities, and programmes, and advocate for their contributions to climate action and biodiversity.
- Through grant funding require supported projects to mitigate environmental impact and prioritise projects that support environmental sustainability and Net Zero targets reductions in carbon emissions.
Find out more about the Climate Action priority area by exploring these resources.
Scotland’s museums and galleries collaborate in and outside of the sector to tackle challenges, maximise opportunities, create efficiencies, and deliver mutual benefit for partners and communities.
- Share expertise and resources in and across local, national, and international forums and networks.
- Help improve places in collaboration with other organisations and community groups.
- Develop positive and productive relationships with those who have local, national, and international connections to our collections.
- Develop understanding of how museum resources – including people, buildings, and collections – can be used to meet community needs.
- Work with national, regional, and local groups and agencies to support responsible tourism activities.
- Showcase excellent practice of building sustainable relationships and developing effective, mutually beneficial partnership arrangements.
- Forge relationships with and across Scottish Government departments.
- Connect museums and galleries to culture sector and non-sector partners.
Find out more about the Collaboration priority area by exploring these resources.