Sector Stories

Five tips to help you prepare for GDPR

The GDPR countdown is on. Here are the top five tips to help you begin preparing for the change, originally published on, and reproduced and updated here with the kind permission of the author, Tracey Bird. Never mind the countdown to Christmas, there’s only 162 days left to get ready


St Cecilia’s: Putting your commercial hat on

06/10/2017 Admin

We love to hear from museums who are developing more enterprising ways of funding their museum. St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh is a great example of a museum running more commercial activities alongside their core remit. We spoke to Ruthanne Baxter, Museum Services Manager at The University of Edinburgh, (who

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The Common Good Register consultation and what it means for museums

15/09/2017 Admin

What is the Common Good? There are a number of items within the collections of Scotland’s museums and galleries which form part of the ‘Common Good’.  These are assets owned by local authorities, which they are required to manage as part of their duties. The Common Good can include land,

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Social Prescribing: can you improve the health of your community?

04/08/2017 Loretta Mordi

Museums have long been more than simply the keepers of our cultural heritage. They are often an integral part of their local communities. They can be safe spaces for discussion, and through their colourful and varied collections they stimulate creativity, spark imaginations and encourage the desire to learn. However, have

Mandy McIntosh, Kerry Conquers, Glasgow Women's Library, 2015. Photo (c) Alan Dimmick

Minding the Gap: Adele Patrick

Some thoughts are coalescing ahead of the 2017 MGS conference, Inequalities: Bridging the Gap. I hope to have wrangled these disparate ideas into a coherent contribution by the time we meet in October; but I thought I would blog about a couple of the issues surfacing for me three months

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Touring Exhibitions are the Name of the Game

Take a chance on us and head out on the road to join Museums Galleries Scotland and the Touring Exhibitions Group for a special mix of training hits here in Edinburgh. After the sell-out, arena-filling, world-conquering success of our first ever training bundle*, we’re delighted to launch the next group


illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

06/07/2017 Admin

The dark of winter may be an unwelcome thought at this time of year when it’s still light at 10pm but a festival of light just doesn’t work in July. That’s what Connect learned this month when we travelled to the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) in Irvine to talk to

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Reflecting on the Interns and Heritage Horizons Programmes

02/06/2017 Admin

The museums and galleries sector is renowned for being tricky to break into. Our Skills for the Future project, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, tries to address this problem by training and supporting people to enter the sector. Skills for the Future has consisted of two programmes so far: the

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