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Political and Public Spotlight on Scotland’s Museums for International Museums Day

Political and Public Spotlight on Scotland’s Museums for International Museums Day

This month, to coincide with International Museums Day, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is highlighting the positive impact of Scotland’s museums on their communities, with campaigns targeting political and public audiences.

A reception at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 14 May will enable museums to engage MSPs in the work undertaken in their constituencies and across Scotland. Diana Morton, Outreach Manager at the City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Glasgow Museums, will highlight how museums are actively helping people to engage with their communities and stay healthy and active.

Museums from across Scotland will showcase projects which create immense public value and help to make their communities better places to live in. There will be interactive stands and handling boxes from Dumfries and Galloway Museums, Industrial Museums Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Stromness Museum, Highlife Highland, the Highland Folk Museum and National Galleries of Scotland. 

MGS is also offering support for attendees on how to make the most of the opportunity with a pre-event briefing at their office at Waverley Gate. 

Event host, Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, said:

“Museums are fundamental to preserving our culture and history. This is why I’m delighted to be sponsoring a Parliamentary reception highlighting International Museum Day, helping to bring awareness and recognition of all that museums bring to our society to my fellow MSPs.”

On Thursday 16 May, MGS will turn attention to raising public awareness of the fantastic, and often life-changing, work by the sector with their new #MuseumsSparkJoy campaign.

The campaign highlights the inclusive, fun and inspirational experiences offered by museums. On the day, museums and their audiences will share stories and pictures to illustrate how museums ‘spark joy’ in their lives and communities.

Lucy Casot, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“As the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries we are keenly aware of the incredible work being undertaken by our sector. Museums are valuable assets to our towns and cities as their work helps to make us happier, healthier, smarter and more connected to where we live.  

The Parliamentary Reception is a way to raise awareness of this work amongst MSPs and our #MuseumsSparkJoy campaign encourages the people who value and treasure our museums to share the joy.”

Published 09 May 2019