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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 vision

Inspiring people: addressing the challenges of our age.

Strategic Plan 2022-27

Our strategic plan sets out what we will do to achieve our mission and vision.

Our current strategic plan covers the period 2022-2027. It describes our aims and priorities for this period, and includes details of the resources required to achieve them.

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Our work to address the climate and biodiversity challenges is based on robust holistic thinking about the whole organisation. Through it, we aim to achieve carbon reduction targets, improve biodiversity and habitat quality at our sites, and become a respected resource for understanding climate and biodiversity challenges.

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National Strategy

Our work with other museums and communities across Scotland allows us to share the National Collections widely and to support our sector.

We do this through loans, touring exhibitions, learning, outreach and digital programmes as well as offering advice, acquisition funding and training programmes to other museums.

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Gaelic Language Plan

Our Gaelic Language Plan supports our commitment to the aspirations and objectives included in the National Gaelic Language Plan and the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

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