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Museums Galleries Scotland announce the boards who will take part in their Board Development Programme

Museums Galleries Scotland announce the boards who will take part in their Board Development Programme

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is delighted to announce the successful applicants to their new Board Development Programme. Working in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy, MGS created the programme to support independent museums in Scotland to improve their resilience, sustainability, and governance practices.

Ten museum boards from across Scotland, involving a total of 90 trustees, will benefit from intensive sessions tailored to address the development needs highlighted by the participating organisations. Targeted topics will range from financial planning and recruitment. Additional support will come from a peer network and quarterly masterclasses to explore key issues.

The programme will run until September 2020.

The successful applicants to MGS’s Board Development Programme are Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Glencoe Folk Museum, Grampian Transport Museum, Grantown Museum, the Highland Museum of Childhood, Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Orkney Natural History Museum, Trimontium Trust, and Wanlockhead Museum Trust.

John Reid, Chair of the Trimontium Trust, said:

"This programme could not have come at a better time in the life of Trimontium Museum, as we approach making a significant change to our tourist offer. We are grateful to MGS for helping us with this development opportunity, which will better equip us for the increasingly complex demands placed on small independent museums.”

Other Boards echoed this sentiment and pointed to a need to keep up with trends in the wider sector and ability to respond to future challenges to help ensure the long-term prosperity of their organisations.

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

“Scotland’s museums are home to inspiring collections and provide an essential link to the heritage of their communities. At the heart of our independent museums are many inspiring, voluntary trustees, and Museums Galleries Scotland are here to support these organisations to develop and thrive. Many face their own individual challenges and opportunities and we developed this programme to support organisations to make the most of the opportunities and manage future challenges. We are pleased to have been able to offer this development opportunity to Scotland’s independent museums and we are confident that this programme will have a long-lasting, positive influence on the wider sector.”

Published 21 March 2019