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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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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming 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, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Also vital to its identity, both at home and amongst the diaspora

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
1. Creation of post only worthwhile if it also focuses on making the most of the existing cultural portfolio. Currently, very significant components (such as the National Records and Libraries) seem to be conspicuously absent, and didn't seem to feature in the engagement process. 2. If the national partnership maps out and defines the culture sector, that would be good. However, not sure what academics can bring that public servants cannot 3. Alliances supporting social change would be good. As an example, Scotland is an industrial country whose innovation has changed the world. Yet, science and industrial culture rarely feature in the national consciousness, and many former industrial communities remain marginalized and their own histories unrecognized by the mainstream.

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?
As said earlier, our former and current industrial communities need to have their own histories properly recognized, and their contributions to Scottish culture properly integrated into mainstream thinking. As an example, coal mining has a rich cultural and political heritage, but the former coalfields are amongst the most marginalised in Scotland. Equally, our industrial heritage demonstrates the strong links that can be forged between culture and science, and are beginning to act as a conduit through which STEM subjects can be promoted (e.g. through the Forth Bridges and World Heritage)

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
1. There is a difference between embracing the everyday and being inclusive. The danger is becoming awash with mediocrity, so some sort of selection and prioritization is important. The criteria for selection is crucial, but should be based on (as objectively as possible) the significance of the cultural assets (tangible and intangible) being considered. 2. Partnerships are good, but don't forget learned, specialist groups, institutions and societies, like the Institution of Civil Engineers, and of course ALL our National Collections 3. Local communities are vital, and the built environment is crucial in that process

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?
A lot depends on how Culture is defined, which is why mapping it out is important. The vaguer it is, the less value it has. Too often, the default seems to be to retreat into an apparently elitist world of performing arts. Culture needs to be much broader than this, but its assets and benefits also need to be clearly identified.

11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
1. New funding models would be good, as would a review of our fiscal regimes - inasmuch as Holyrood can control taxation 2. Skills development programmes are vital. Strong links with STEM subjects and the Curriculum for Excellence are also crucial. Important to stress that for industrial heritage and science, tangible heritage is totally dependent on intangible heritage and vice versa. If you have working machinery and steam engines, but the people with the knowledge and traditions to maintain and operate them die (as is happening) the heritage we have is diminished. Transferring skills between generations is vital to our heritage 3. Agreed - the freelance cultural workforce brings with it flexibility that does not exist in a more formal working environment 4. Agreed - inclusive opportunities vital 5. International also vital - the is a Scottish footprint in so many countries and a vibrant diaspora, a lot of which has roots in Scotland's industrial communities. As an example, genealogy is a major stream of cultural activity, and the NRS is a vital source of support

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.
As said before: 1. National Records of Scotland - genealogy, linking Scots across the world with their cultural roots. The Scottish diaspora is already regarded as a major cultural asset. 2. The Scottish Ten (a partnership between Historic Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art) - particularly the relationship that developed with partners in Japan (the Cabinet Secretariat and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), where two significant pieces of Scottish industrial heritage have been incorporated into a Japanese World Heritage site (the Giant Cantilever Crane and Kosuge Dock, both in Nagasaki, now part of 'Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution). This project was regarded as a good example of 'Digital Diplomacy', which also included working in other priority countries such as India and China.

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
As a board member of the International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), I will continue to promote Scotland's extraordinary contribution to science and technology, not least through trade and industrialization. The next big opportunity will be celebrating James Watt in 2019 - the 250th anniversary of his patenting the separate condenser for steam engines, and also the 200th anniversary of his death. There are many iconic Scots whose achievements and global recognition could be used to promote Scottish culture both at home and abroad

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
Less is more, so it should be leaner than the current draft, but also needs to define its brief/portfolio a little more clearly. It also needs to define and celebrate the existing public assets that it has in its portfolio, not least the national collections, on whom delivery and empowerment will depend considerably. Above all, the built environment of Scotland needs to feature prominently, for it is this that embodies Scotland's culture most immediately for inhabitants and visitors alike. It is this potent blend of history and identity that makes culture immediately accessible for most people, and although the natural environment is important, it is the fusion of the natural and historic environments that often leaves the most resounding impression. This is a reason why the recently refreshed National Performance Framework needs to revisit it Environment elements and better integrate them with Culture.

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.
Good if a clear definition of culture and its principal elements are defined. Some of the performance indicators in the NPF may be useful, but a lot of work will be needed to develop useful measures. Important also to bear in mind that this strategy seems not to connect with the previous Culture Strategy, the benefits of which are not clear. If monitoring systems/regimes are introduced, then continuity is necessary to make them meaningful and worthwhile

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.
We are very lucky in Scotland to have the National Performance Framework, and its good to see the Strategy feeding into it (no such system exists elsewhere in the UK that I know of). As an industrial heritage specialist, there is a sense that the strategy currently still veers towards performing arts and what are seen as more elitist cultural activities, even though it aspires towards more inclusivity. Certainly, visibly incorporating more of the historic environment into the strategy would help to give it more balance and much wider relevance, and might also give it an audience it currently does not have. One easy way to assist this would be to have some overtly Scottish visual content - the current choice of illustrations is bizarre and not inclusive. To conclude, this is a good platform from which to build, and its aspirations are good. Congratulations to those who have got it this far - not an easy task in a sector like this!

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.
It should do. Industrial communities in particular need to have their contributions to the evolution of Scotland to be properly recognized.

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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