Scottish museums 'lack vital expertise'

Historians in the News

FOUR of Scotland's leading academics have protested to ministers about the "extraordinary" lack of historical expertise on the board of the nation's flagship museum.

History professors Tom Devine, Christopher Smout and Michael Lynch, and archaeologist Dr Anna Ritchie - all former trustees of the National Museums of Scotland - say they fear standards will slip without expert advice at a crucial time.

They have now written to the new Scottish Government to make their concerns clear about the make-up of the current museum leadership.

They claim the NMS board, chaired by banker Sir Angus Grossart, now has more financial, managerial and legal clout than academic expertise.

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