Museums Galleries Scotland becomes national development body for museums

By Jenni Davidson | 23 May 2013

Museums Galleries Scotland has re-launched as the national development body for museums and galleries in Scotland.

A computerised image of what the new museum is expected to look like.
Artist's impression of the new Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway, due to open in 2015© Malcolm Fraser Architects
Museums Galleries Scotland is a charitable trust that works with Scotland’s wealth of more than 400 museums and galleries, supporting them through funding, skills development and training, and acting as the voice of the museums sector.

Before becoming the national development body, it was a membership organisation which museums and galleries could choose to join. Until 2008 it was known as the Scottish Museums Council.

A national development body is a non-governmental organisation which delivers a national strategy and funding for a particular area of public life. Other examples are Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Enterprise.

“This is a new dawn for the sector,” said Douglas Connell, the chair of the trust.

“To have a Government backed national agency for Scotland’s museums and galleries is a powerful opportunity.”

The trust has also launched its first national strategy for 2013 to 2015.

Its key aims including encouraging museums and galleries to collaborate more, increasing the number of people in Scotland visiting museums and improving standards and sustainability.

According to a survey in 2011, 31% of adults living in Scotland had visited a museum in the previous 12 months.
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