Workshop: The Future of Museums in a Time of Austerity
Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square
Booking details: Free entry; booking required
Museum closures are a matter for concern. The austerity measures introduced under the current government have resulted in local authorities reducing funding for museums and some have been forced to close. In this workshop we examine the landscape of closure within the UK. How do rates of closure compare with previous decades and also with rates of new museums opening? What’s lost when a museum closes? And is closure always a problem? Is it really necessary to have so many museums keeping their collections for posterity?
* Alistair Brown, Policy officer, Museums Association
* Jon Finch, Director of Harris Museum Preston
* Jamie Larkin, Mapping Museums research team, Birkbeck
* Chair: Fiona Candlin, Director Mapping Museums research team, Birkbeck