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National Museums Scotland publishes new Gaelic Language Plan

Tuesday 7 November, 2017

National Museums Scotland has published its new Gaelic Language Plan.

National Museums Scotland has published its new Gaelic Language Plan.

The 5-year plan was developed following extensive public consultation and has been approved by the national Gaelic agency, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government. The new plan will support National Museums’ contribution to sustaining the Gaelic language.

National Museums continues to actively support the Gaelic language through a wide range of its activities. This includes offering Gaelic translated visitor maps at all its museums, Gaelic commentary in some galleries and touring exhibitions, bespoke programming for Gaelic medium schools and Gaelic translated school trails amongst other provisions. The latest Gaelic Language Plan sets out achievements to date and demonstrates commitment to enhancing its services.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland said,

“Our second Gaelic Language Plan sets out our commitment to the aspirations and objectives in the National Gaelic Language Plan, in the context of our wider vision – to connect Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland.
“We will sustain the service provision we have offered to date and will build upon it further. For example, we will provide Gaelic-speaking tours at the National Museum, enhance our family offer with Gaelic publications and storytelling for early years and make available Gaelic medium schools resources on our website.”

David Boag, Director of Language Planning and Community Developments with Bòrd na Gàidhlig said,

Bòrd na Gàidhlig welcomes the latest iteration of National Museums Scotland’s Gaelic Language Plan.  Their museums, collections and exhibitions have an important role to play in offering opportunities for Gaelic speakers to use the language and also in offering their millions of annual visitors from Scotland and further afield an invaluable opportunity to learn about Gaelic in Scotland today and throughout the nation’s history.   We look forward to working in partnership with National Museums Scotland over the next 5 years to progress our aim of increasing the use of Gaelic across Scotland

For more information please contact Susan Gray, Press Office, Tel 0131 247 4088 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display
  2. Bheireadh Oifis nam Meadhanan eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig den bhrath-naidheachd seachad do bhuidhinn mheadhanan bharantaichte. Cuiribh fios do dh'Oifis nam Meadhanan airson bruidhinn air cinn-latha freagarrach.
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