MGS publishes progress report

Museums Galleries Scotland completes first year as national development body
Patrick Steel
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has today published a progress report on its first year as national development body.

The report, entitled One Year On: Turning Actions into Advocacy, lists a number of achievements, and details plans to access European Union funding, implement a new grants management system to allow applications to be made online, and build its digital capacity.

Among the organisation’s successes, it reports that £1.1m in grant funding was distributed to sector and £1.45m was raised for sector-related projects in 2013/14; £80,000 of additional funding has been raised for skills development in the last year, and £100,000 for WW1 projects; and £422,400 has been raised for a 12 month internship scheme to begin in 2015.

MGS also reviewed its Recognition scheme last year, with a report on the review due to be published this summer, and is working on a museums toolkit which will support the establishment of new museums and help existing museums to renew their business models.

In a section entitled Conclusions and next steps, the report indicates MGS will continue to gather data on sector activities to ensure museums and galleries have the information necessary to make a case and advocate when needed, and MGS representatives will be visiting museums this summer to get direct feedback on how its plans are progressing.

Joanne Orr, MGS chief executive, said: "This report shows significant achievements made by the museums and galleries sector this year.

"In the coming year, we’ll be focusing on digital engagement, the development of the national skills development programme and continued advocacy for the sector."

This autumn, MGS will begin consulting on its next delivery plan, which will run from 2015.

A full news analysis of MGS’s first year as national development body will be in Museums Journal, in print and online, on 1 July.


One Year On: Turning actions into advocacy

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