Gaelic missing from showcase exhibition
BÒRD na Gàidhlig, the leading organisation responsible for the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland, has raised concerns about a Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition which opens at the National Museum of Scotland this weekend.
The exhibition doesn’t include Gaelic interpretation of a time in Scotland’s history where Gaelic was used widely.
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 concerns have been expressed by members of the Gaelic community at what is seen as a lack of Gaelic content in the exhibition.’