MGS response to Scottish Government's draft culture strategy for Scotland
MGS responds to Scottish Government's Culture Strategy
MGS submitted a detailed response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Culture Strategy for Scotland ahead of the 19 September deadline. The response was developed in partnership with representatives from the MGS Stakeholder Group.
The response welcomes the bold vision set out in the draft strategy but also highlights gaps and inconsistencies which need to be addressed and we have provided information and case studies to enable the final strategy to reflect the interests, needs and priorities of the broader cultural landscape in Scotland and specifically those of the museums sector.
Overall, MGS has highlighted that the final strategy should better reflect the role of Scotland’s museums sector and the breadth of its contribution to wider public policy outcomes, such as health and education.
We have called for a clearer commitment to cross-departmental support for culture within government and the removal of barriers to engagement which currently exist both for the sector.
We have asked for clarity on how the strategy will be implemented, monitored, evaluated and resourced within the context of the strategy's ambitions and ongoing austerity.
Our response highlights the importance of improved community engagement, especially in remote and rural areas; cultural heritage can be a hub for regeneration and Scotland's museums sector leads the way by having a transformative role in place-making and identity.
We also encourage a more expansive approach to equalities and ensuring the strategy is better aligned with the Government's thinking and practice with respect to tackling inequality in Scotland. Our response also provides information to support a broader understanding of, and commitment to, skills development and volunteers.
A summary of MGS's response is available to download.
Download the Culture Strategy Response
MGS Culture Strategy Summary