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As Scotland’s national museum service we engage across the nation and around the world, ensuring our collections, expertise and programmes make wide-reaching impacts beyond the walls of our museums.

Our work across Scotland delivers many outcomes: sharing the national collections, engagement with local communities, direct support for our sector, and enjoyable and enriching opportunities for all. In response to the impact of Covid-19, we have pulled together a package of support that fits the immediate needs of our peers for practical help to aid recovery. Across Scotland: National Strategy 2021-2022 highlights this work and our aspirations and priorities for the future. Beyond Scotland, international collaborations allow us to share knowledge, learn from others and make our treasures available to the widest possible audience. 

This short film highlights some of our national working in 2018/19. Details of our more recent work can be found in our annual National Programme report.

Sharing collections

Loans and touring exhibitions ensure our collections reach as many people as possible.
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National projects

We are always working with other Scottish museums on partnership projects that can raise the profile of long-term preservation and engagement with collections nationally.
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Supporting our sector

We offer advice and support to museums across Scotland, enhancing and developing collections subject expertise through training, targeted projects and partnerships.
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Our international work

Our work has an impact across the world. Our international programme and partnerships aim to widen engagement and knowledge of the nation's collection for everyone.
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