National Museum of Scotland

Have your say on Scotland's national strategy

Geraldine Kendall, 19.09.2011
Public consultation launched at Museums Galleries Scotland conference in Edinburgh
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has opened a public consultation into its development of a national strategy for Scotland’s museums.

The consultation, which was launched at the MGS Collaborating to Compete conference in Edinburgh on Friday, invites Scottish museums and galleries and their partners beyond the sector to give their input on the shape and direction of the national strategy.

Interested parties can contribute by taking part in an online survey, while two consultation events are also planned by MGS to allow more in-depth discussion and feedback (details below).

According to MGS, the draft strategy has an underlying theme of partnership, offering opportunities for partners, stakeholders and funders to participate in its delivery.

Anyone taking part in the consultation is asked to first read a consultation document outlining key influences, guiding principles and themes of the strategy.

In a foreword, MGS chair Fiona Ballantyne said: “This document provides a framework for discussion. It needs the input of museums and galleries and partners beyond the sector to develop the ideas and themes it contains. This will ensure the final strategy is one that meets the needs and aspirations of the whole sector.”

MGS was appointed by the Scottish government to formulate a national strategy in 2010 and will eventually be the National Development Body in charge of its delivery. The strategy will inform the organisation’s future business plan and governance structure.

The online consultation runs until 8 November 2011. Once the consultation period has closed, MGS will collate and analyse all comments received, both online and at the consultation events, in its preparation of the national strategy.

A final version is due for publication in early 2012.

To read the consultation document, click here

To access the online survey, click here

Consultation events

Friday 14 October 2011, 1400-1700
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Wednesday 2 November 2011, 1400-1700
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

To register an interest in attending, email: