Realising the Vision Together
This month we supported our friends at the Scottish Museums Federation in spotlighting our sector on Scottish Museums Day. Just weeks before that at our closing event for the Skills for Success programme, Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, heard first-hand of the sector’s life changing work in diversifying the cultural workforce.
These opportunities allow MGS to champion the sector and I am pleased to share the newest tool in our advocacy arsenal - Realising the Vision Together.
This report highlights how the sector has achieved against the most recent National Strategy Delivery Plan. Thank you to all who responded to our request this summer for case studies as this has resulted in rich examples of excellence and resilience in challenging times right across the country.
An evolving sector
Over the period of Realising the Vision of 2015 to 2019 the sector has adapted in response to the financial and political climate. Yet, in the face of these challenges, we are forming partnerships, exploring new ways of working, developing new sources of income generation and engaging with our changing communities and audiences in new and exciting ways.
Visits to museums and galleries in the time frame have increased by nearly 30% reflecting the popularity of Scottish heritage as a destination: museums and galleries are listed as six of the top ten most visited tourist attractions by Visit Scotland.
Despite financial and political uncertainty, the museums and galleries sector and its passionate paid and volunteer workforce have been ambitious, raising standards, developing new audiences and forging partnerships beyond the museum sector to deliver shared ambitions for communities.
What really strikes me is the compelling picture the report paints of what could be achieved with more resources.
V and A Dundee were shortlisted for multiple awards in the 2018 Green Energy Awards for their use of geothermal energy
Introducing our next delivery plan
In tandem with the work on Realising the Vision Together MGS has been working with the sector and stakeholders to develop the third and final delivery plan for the current national strategy. This final delivery plan under the 10 year strategy will reflect the priorities identified by Scotland's Museums and Galleries and the evolving context within which we work, including the climate emergency and the forthcoming Scottish Government Culture Strategy.
Reviewing what has gone before has identified areas of the strategy which we are strong at delivering and highlighted areas that will benefit from renewed focus and attention in the next Delivery Plan. There will be a focus on supporting the essential core work of museums, acknowledging that many of our colleagues are struggling with reduced capacity. At the same time, MGS will continue to work with museums, galleries and partners across Scotland and beyond to develop skills, nurture progression and reinforce aspiration.
Museums are a crucial part of the cultural landscape that gives Scotland its vibrancy.
So, I invite you to take some time to read about, share and be proud of what has been achieved together. This is a chance to learn from what has gone before and start to prepare and plan how we create, and take advantage of, the opportunities that are yet to come.
Glasgow Museums and Colour Heritage celebrated the opening of their GlaswegAsians exhibition at Scotland Street School Museum.
The Secret Collection Paisley is the first publicly-accessible museum store on a UK High street