Our fundamental mission is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding through access to its collections. The following policies guide our continued commitment to these aims and mission. Here you can discover more about our policies and download the full policy documents.
Collections research is one of the main ways by which we interpret and make accessible for all the past and present of Scotland, other nations and cultures and the natural world. It ensures that public benefit is generated through the creation and dissemination of new knowledge about objects in the collection.
This framework for the ethical conduct of research within National Museums Scotland is also guided by principles of dignity, respect, selflessness, honesty, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, and leadership.
The principles apply equally to staff and external researchers and this code forms part of National Museums Scotland policies on staff conduct and research.
Download Research Ethics Policy [PDF 18KB]
Research is a core activity for National Museums Scotland, vital for the good stewardship of our collections and the intellectual development of subject knowledge. Research activity is also a key component in supporting new connections between our collections and the wider public. Through exhibitions, public programmes and publications, we can share knowledge and inform a wide audience.
This document sets out the strategic themes and programme for research within National Museums Scotland.
Download Research Themes Policy [PDF 75KB]
This strategy sets out our ambitions, strategic context and over-arching principles and priorities for our collections. It includes an overview of the collections, themes and priorities for future collecting and our legislative, ethical and procedural framework in compliance with the requirements of accreditation, the nationally agreed standard for UK museums.
Download Collection Development Strategy [PDF 157KB]
National Museums Scotland aims to achieve an appropriate balance between the use of, access to and preservation of collections. This policy sets out the principles governing our collections care and conservation work.
This policy sets out the principles by which National Museums Scotland will ensure that there are effective arrangements for collections information management and access to the collections.
This policy identifies collections made from or containing human remains as worthy of special consideration in regard to acquisition, curation and disposal (transfer). It outlines the procedures and processes that will be followed by National Museums Scotland with regard to requests or demands for the permanent transfer of such material from the permanent collection.
Download Human Remains in Collections Policy [PDF 42KB]