STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR MAJOR CAPITAL PROJECTS IN MUSEUM AND ART COLLECTIONS

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR MAJOR CAPITAL PROJECTS IN MUSEUM AND ART COLLECTIONS

National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and University of Glasgow

In June 2014, Jura Consultants was commissioned to prepare a Strategic Framework for major capital projects in museum and art collections in Scotland on behalf of the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life, and the University of Glasgow.  The framework was intended to set out how the individual capital projects currently developed by partners would add value to Scotland’s museums and art collections; identify how the projects might align and support each other, and reveal areas for partnership working and collaboration.  The framework also needed to highlight relevant funding opportunities and manage project programming with regard to funding applications.  Overall, the framework was expected to present an ambitious vision to potential funders. We began the study through a comprehensive document review, which enabled us to highlight the individual strengths of each project and areas where projects complemented each other.  This was mapped against the strategic priorities of the sector and relevant funders to make initial recommendations for collaboration across different functional areas such as Digital and Public Programme.  The resulting Interim Report was used in subsequent workshops with partners jointly and separately.  Through these workshops, we further refined the suggested collaborations, identified potential supplementary projects in the mid- to long-term, and discussed opportunities to schedule and programme projects in such a way that they may build on previous projects and be well placed to approach funders over time. The final Strategic Framework, delivered in early October 2014, clearly sets out how partners’ current capital projects relate to and complement each other, how partners may work together to strengthen their current and future projects, as well as their organizations as a whole, and what programme may be followed with regard to funding applications over the next decade and beyond.  This is set in the strategic context for the sector as well as the potential funders that were identified for the projects.