Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow

MA responds to Scottish draft culture strategy

Simon Stephens, 27.09.2018
Association welcomes aim to “place culture at the heart of policy-making”
The Museums Association (MA) has provided a detailed response to the Scottish Government's draft culture strategy consultation.

The consultation sets out a vision supported by a set of ambitions, aims and actions for culture over the next decade.

"We welcome the ambitious vision set out in the draft culture strategy," said the MA's response. "We strongly support the Scottish Government’s aim to place culture at the heart of policy-making; the intention to use cultural engagement as a means of improving wellbeing and reducing inequality; the recognition of a wide range of types of cultural engagement; and the recognition of the need for greater long-term sustainability of our cultural institutions."

The MA's submission pointed out that museums across Scotland are already contributing to the vision set out in the culture strategy and, for many people, visiting a museum plays a key role in their understanding of Scotland’s culture, history and future potential.

The MA also outlined how museums help to create a sense of pride in place and historic achievement and improve public policy outcomes in areas such as education, health and wellbeing, citing the impact of the MA’s own Museums Change Lives campaign.

The MA highlighted the work of a number of organisations in its response, including Culture Perth and Kinross; the Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge Network; Glasgow Museums; Paisley Museum & Art Galleries; Scottish Maritime Museum; and National Museums Scotland.

The MA said that to succeed, the “strategy will require strong leadership, sufficient funding and a clear link and relationship to other strategies across government including the museums strategy. In particular, we believe that cross-government working will be vital and that links should be formed between government departments and agencies to ensure that culture is considered when setting any new policy.”

The MA also said that there needs to be a “clear delivery plan and objectives for the strategy and these should be created in collaboration with representative bodies from across the Scottish culture sector.

The response continued: "We recommend that MGS, the official development body for museums in Scotland, should represent the museum sector when agreeing a delivery plan.”

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