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Scottish museums and galleries aim high with draft vision for the future

Museums in Scotland have mapped out their vision for the future over the next 25 years in a draft document …
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Museums in Scotland have mapped out their vision for the future over the next 25 years in a draft document that was launched at the Museums Association (MA) conference in Edinburgh last month.

The document, Scotland's Museums: Developing a Shared Vision, was produced by the Museums and Galleries Working Group, which was set up to channel ideas from the sector into the Cultural Commission, a body created by the Scottish Executive to review cultural provision. Museums were invited to comment on the draft document before a final version was sent to the Cultural Commission this month.

Joanne Orr, the director of the Scottish Museums Council and a working group member, said it had been asked to start with a long-term vision and to aim high. The draft contains an aspirational eight-point programme that says by 2030 people throughout Scotland should have access to the nation's significant collections and museum facilities, and museums and galleries should be seen as being central to the nation's cultural offering.

Gordon Rintoul, the director of the National Museums of Scotland and another member of the working group, said the MA conference was a good opportunity to 'float ideas for discussion' as part of the consultation process: 'Everyone says we need more resources now, but we also need a framework through which we can deliver them.' He said the sector should also look at a significant collections scheme akin to the Designation Scheme and a capital grants scheme for non-national museums.

There are 16 working groups delivering submissions to the Cultural Commission, which will make an interim report by the end of this month. Orr said she anticipates a further round of consultation before Christmas and more discussion in the new year before the final report comes out in June 2005.

The other members of the working group are: Mark O'Neill, the head of museums and galleries at Glasgow City Council; Timothy Clifford, the director general of the National Galleries of Scotland; Mike Taylor the convenor of the Scottish Local Authority Museums group; Evelyn Silber from University Museums in Scotland; and Fergus Waters, the Scottish councillor for the Association of Independent Museums.

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