Museums Galleries Scotland steps up national strategy momentum

Scotland’s museums and galleries are being urged to increase activity to create resilience and enable the sector to better face the challenges that lie ahead. This call to action underpins the second Delivery Plan for the National Strategy published by Museums Galleries Scotland

Realising the Vision: Delivering Public Value through Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2015-2019 sets out how MGS and the sector will continue the momentum towards building a sustainable museums and galleries sector. Realising the Vision states that MGS will focus future work to support museums and galleries on skills development, enterprise and advocacy and offers 36 actions for MGS and the sector.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said in just three years, the impact of National Strategy has been immense as it works to achieve a shared goal and provide a focus for the sector. “MGS is clear about the support needs of the sector and we are addressing these gaps through activity such as the Digital Transformation Network, the National Skills Development Programme, the Partnerships Fund and Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage,” she said. “The next four years will hold major challenges but if we continue to work together to realise the shared vision of the National Strategy Scotland’s museums will succeed in becoming sustainable organisations and increasingly delivering public value for their communities.”

Continuing on from the first Delivery Plan, museums are encouraged to work to align with and deliver the National Strategy aims. It includes case studies that illustrate the National Strategy in action including the Museums Alive! Initiative, where Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Health and Social Care services are enabling older people to participate culturally by bringing museum collections out to them. The SMART Tourism programme which offers cutting edge technological solutions to challenges faced by museums is also flagged as an example for museums to consider.

Realising the Vision: Delivering Public Value through Scotland’s Museums and Galleries 2015-2019is available to download from Museums Galleries Scotland’s website.