Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the lead organisation responsible for the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland has outlined its response to concerns raised within the Gaelic community with regard to the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition which opens at the National Museum of Scotland this weekend.
Shona MacLennan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Chief Executive, said: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig works with National Museums Scotland and many other public authorities to ensure that Gaelic language and culture is actively promoted in their respective organisations and throughout Scotland. The development of Gaelic Language Plans is one of the key measures outlined in the Gaelic Language Act as a means to achieve equal respect for Gaelic in Scotland.
“In their current Gaelic Language Plan, National Museums Scotland make a commitment to include side-by-side English and Gaelic interpretation for exhibitions that have a Gaelic-related theme or connection and the forthcoming Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland seems like an ideal opportunity for National Museums Scotland to build on their good practice established in such exhibitions as Fonn ’s Dùthchas and Lewis Chessmen Unmasked.
“We are aware that concerns have been expressed by members of the Gaelic community at what is seen as a lack of Gaelic content in the exhibition. Recognising and acknowledging the views of the Gaelic community is another important principle contained within the Gaelic Language Act and Bòrd na Gàidhlig sees this discussion as an important part of that.
“There are also fantastic opportunities for National Museums Scotland to engage with Gaelic medium schools and the wider community through the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition and we are happy to offer support and advice to help them maximise the Gaelic experience for all who take part.”