Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland. Our role is to work collaboratively to invest in and develop a sustainable museum and galleries sector for Scotland, in line with the aims of ‘Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries.’

We work with a sector of over 400 museums and galleries, supporting and enabling them to meet their objectives in a number of ways including, though strategic investment, advice, advocacy and skills development opportunities.

Our objectives are:

  • To facilitate sector development in partnership with key stakeholders
  • To undertake focused investment in the sector which delivers impact and change
  • To raise museum standards across the sector
  • To develop effective communications with the sector and advocate on its behalf
  • To develop a high quality and robust evidence base for the sector and to inform and support our business operations and service offer
  • To ensure the National Development Body is an organisation fit for purpose to lead the sector

We aim to meet these objectives by:

  • Delivering investment and seeking to diversify funding streams
  • Facilitating skills development and capacity building
  • Maintaining and developing sector standards, including through Accreditation and the Recognition Scheme
  • Signposting to information, advice and resources and sharing best practice
  • Developing networks and brokering partnerships
  • Undertaking and commissioning research and disseminating findings
  • Gathering, monitoring and evaluating sector data to inform continuous improvement
  • Advocating on behalf of the sector to raise its profile and visibility with stakeholders and funders