Scottish museums should be “active partners” in cultural strategy

Patrick Steel, 24.04.2017
Museums Taskforce in Scotland recommends actions to ensure sector sustainability
The Scottish sub-committee of the Museums Taskforce has recommended that Scottish museums should be “active partners” in the Scottish government’s emerging cultural strategy.

In a series of recommendations to government and the wider sector, the sub-committee calls for sector-wide consultation to ensure that the National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries aligns with the strategy.

Gillian Findlay, an MA board member and curatorial and engagement manager at City of Edinburgh Council, says: “Across Scotland, museums are recognised for the critical role they play in representing and promoting all aspects of our diverse cultural heritage.

“The current government has a strong record of advocating a collective and strategic approach to how cultural bodies operate, and so museums look forward to exploring how they might contribute not only to the delivery, but to the development, of the nation’s new cultural strategy.”

Among the recommendations, the sub-committee also calls for government, strategic agencies and museums to work together more efficiently to raise awareness of museum resources in other sectors, and to encourage partnership working at a local and national level.

“The political and funding environment that museums operate within is changing and it’s vital that museums respond creatively if they are to survive,” adds Findlay.

“The Scottish sub-committee, when tasked with compiling this set of recommendations to support future sustainability, was keen to acknowledge and build on the many strengths of the sector – not least its excellent track record in fostering partnerships to progress important economic and social objectives, such as improving quality of life for individuals and enhancing community cohesion through contribution to a sense of place.”

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Museums Taskforce Scotland sub-committee recommendations (word)