This section contains information about the way in which National Museums Scotland is run: our vision, mission and values; our Executive Team and Trustees; and our commitment to providing the best possible service.
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Vision and values

Our mission is to preserve, interpret and make accessible for all, the past and present of Scotland, other nations and cultures, and the natural world. Our Strategic Plan sets out how we will achieve this.
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Executive team

The Director has overall responsibility for implementing the agreed strategic priorities and actions of the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland. The Director and Executive Team make up the top management tier of National Museums Scotland.
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The Board of Trustees is National Museums Scotland’s governing body., responsible for setting the National Museums Scotland’s vision, strategy and policy and for monitoring progress to achieve these.
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Freedom of Information Act (Scotland)

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into full force on January 1st 2005. The act aims to increase openness and accountability in government and across the public sector by ensuring that people have the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities.
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Equality and diversity

National Museums Scotland is committed to promoting equality and ensuring that no one is denied opportunities or discriminated against through prejudice or exclusion due to factors such as age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
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Gaelic Language Plan / Plana Gàidhlig

National Museums Scotland has introduced a Gaelic Language Plan. The three-year plan was developed following public consultation and has been approved by Bòrd na Gàidhlig. It will underpin National Museums’ commitment to contribute to the sustainability of the Gaelic language.