National Galleries of Scotland launches updated Gaelic Language Plan

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The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has launched an updated Gaelic Language Plan, covering the period 2018-23.

The plan has been developed in line with the requirements of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

It supports delivery of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23, which aims to promote a positive image of Gaelic and to increase the number of people learning and using the language.

The new NGS plan, which builds on the Galleries’ first Gaelic Language Plan, published in 2013, received formal approval from Bòrd na Gàidhlig last September.

National Galleries of Scotland is one of many Scottish public bodies with a Gaelic Language Plan, including National Museums Scotland, Visit Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, as well as local authorities and universities.

The plan published today sets out the Galleries’ continued commitment to promote and support the Gaelic language in the delivery of its functions and services.

Key commitments include:

  • Providing visitor information in Gaelic.
  • Continuing to host an annual week of workshops for Gaelic-medium schools.
  • Translating relevant teaching resources into Gaelic.
  • Including Gaelic events in our Families Programme.
  • Developing a programme of online Gaelic features and content on our website.

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: ‘The National Galleries of Scotland is pleased to launch our Gaelic Language Plan today.

‘In this plan for 2018-23, we are building on the progress made under our first plan, and looking for new opportunities to promote and use Gaelic in the context of our work and our vision of Art for Scotland: Inspiration for the World.’

National Galleries of Scotland’s Gaelic Language Plan can be viewed online at nationalgalleries.org/about-us/plans-policies. Hard copies are available on request by phoning 0131 624 6473.