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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?
In recent years there has been a drive for heritage to "pay for itself." People in Scotland are used to visiting museums free of charge, which means that more so than theatre or music or many other cultural activities, heritage costs more to provide and generate less of its own income. To change to a model of paid admission to Scotland's museum would likely be politically difficult as it would meet with public resistance and would undoubtedly diminish the subsector's ability to meet it's social obligations - it would automatically make the sector less accessible. Despite heritage's reduced ability to generate income in comparison with most other cultural activities the museums, archives and heritage sector has come under increased pressure, not only to generate income, but to actually return a profit. Public sector heritage organisations are being pulled in two directions: the public expects (rightly or wrongly) to access heritage free at the point of delivery, whilst the sector is increasingly required to make a profit despite the fact that it usually doesn't charge anything for the majority of its offer! This situation is unsustainable and distracting for workers. The Scottish Government has a decision to make: do we either... A.... attempt to affect a cultural change and charge admission to all our museums, galleries and archives? The public may find this difficult, but it is the norm in many other countries, including many EU ones. Or... B....work on the basis that the economic benefits of heritage are not found, or even to be desired to be found within the subsector, but in the broader local economy. As an example: I know of one local authority museum which does not operate a cafe because to do so would remove custom from local businesses nearby. They see the role of the museum as being to bring custom to the town centre, so that it spends in local businesses. As the pressure on that museum to generate income or run at a profit increases that decision will no longer be sustainable. A cafe is a reliable source of income so one will be opened and it will be to the detriment of the local businesses nearby. The net effect will probably be negative. If local cafes close jobs will be lost and rates income will be lost to the local authority. Put simply, museums cost money to run and they don't make much themselves, but they do help others to make money. We can have free museum for everyone which boost the local economy, or we have profitable museum, I don't think we can have both.

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?
It says culture is "central to Scotland's cultural...prosperity." I'm not sure that needs to be stated.

Empowering through culture

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

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Sustaining culture

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

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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?
Some of my earlier comments on culture and economic prosperity may be better suited to this question.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

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
I work in the museum sector and am already supportive of these aims. Through my work I support my local community; they are empowered through understanding their own heritage and when they see it valued, by being on display in a museum, preserved in an archive, or used in education and the arts, they also feel valued.

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
People have access to culture and heritage without having to travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Culture and heritage is quite centralised in Scotland. The National Museums of Scotland barely have a presence outside of Edinburgh. People have access to culture and heritage for free. That the culture and heritage offer in Scotland reflects the people of Scotland as well as bringing them the world. That culture and heritage is valued for its social benefits rather than its financial abilities.

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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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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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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About you

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David McDonald

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