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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
There is no mention here of museums, which have arguably the most important role to play in helping define people's sense of community. The collections held by museums represent our shared identity and are of vital cultural importance.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Again there is no recognition of permanent culturual assets such as museum collections. Culture is seen here simply as a form of activity but the value of museum objects, public art and the built environment is hugely significant, and brings with it on-going maintenance costs that are usually overlooked by funders, who focus solely on short-term activities, innovative programming etc . The problems faced by artists are recognised here but the problems faced by institutions due to lack of resources are not. The role of volunteering is celebrated here but many people only volunteer because they cannot find paid work in the cultural sector. Museums and other organisations are forced to rely on volunteers to undertake core work which should be resourced through paid staff. This is an increasing problem which urgently needs addressed.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
University museums are doing outstanding work which is often overlooked because of their unique position within their parent bodies (and the fact that their funding thus comes through the education budget not the cultural one, and is thus constantly at risk). Not only do university museums act as a bridge, enabling public enagagement with academic research, but we are also training the next generation of cultural creators and facilitators through our educational programmes.

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Everything we do is based on a desire to engage wider audiences with our collections, expertise and enthusiasm, and that of our parent institution. But we often find our work unvalued and underresourced by that institution which does not see cultural activity as a priority.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
Cultural institutions will be on a firmer financial footing, with funding more evenly spread across the country. For those of us whose museums are within larger institutions, success would be that those institutions value and support us because of the cultural activity that we do, rather than seeing us as a low priority. People generally will feel more able and willing to participate in cultural activity and the benefits of that for health and well-being will become increasingly apparent.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Evaluation needs to take both a quantitative and qualitative approach. The last thing we want is for culture to be measured purely in terms of its economic or health & well-being impact. Culture often has an intangible, longer-term benefit that cannot be immediately measured.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
In general I am supportive of the strategy. I am disappointed that so little mention is made of museums or other historical assets, which are so vital to people's sense of identity and place. There is also no clear definition given of what the term 'culture' encompasses here.

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
The strategy should help to identify people and groups who have traditionally had less engagement with culture and help to ensure that more resource is targeted towards facilitating that engagement.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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24. If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
I would question some of the assumptions of the assessment. For example "The strategy does not impose any additional burdens or duties on the sector" may not be true if increased reporting and evaluating methods are expected from us, and if funding is targeted to much into particular areas of short-term activity rather than recognising the long-term need for maintenance of cultural assets such as museum collections.

About you

What is your name?

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Matthew Jarron

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University of Dundee Museum Services