The policy column

Gillian Findlay, 01.09.2018
Last chance to have your say
In the Scottish government’s consultation on its draft culture strategy, it asks how culture should be supported.

This consultation (open until 19 September) is building on feedback compiled during a year-long engagement process, during which a series of meetings took place around the country.

Funders, stakeholders, practitioners and the public have been encouraged to get together and explore why culture in Scotland matters. They were asked: what is working, where is change required and, crucially, what are the aspirations for culture?

The hope is that the culture strategy will provide an overarching framework under which existing sector-specific strategies – for the built historic environment, libraries and the creative arts, for example – will sit. And Scotland’s museums have a unique opportunity, with the planned creation of a national strategy for museums and galleries, to closely align with it.

Museums should be invested in the development and delivery of this crucial plan. The Museums Association is gathering views and evidence of the wide-ranging social impacts museums have, including how their work strengthens communities and changes lives. This information will inform its submission – but it’s important the sector advocates for itself too. 

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Examples of current work and future approaches that realise the aims of the strategy are being sought as case studies. Will you provide one? Visit consult.gov.scot/culture-tourism-and-major-events/culture-strategy

Gillian Findlay is the head of museums and collections at Culture Perth and Kinross, and an MA board member

The draft culture strategy will be discussed at an MA members’ meeting at Glasgow Women’s Library on 11 September.

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