Workshop: The Future of Museums in a Time of Austerity

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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

Reserve your free space for the Future of museums in a time of austerity workshop here.

This event forms part of our year-long celebration marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck - see the full programme of activities for 2017/18 here.