Brexit could affect staff at one in three UK museums

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09 Feb 2018

The Museums Association’s annual survey finds 4% of the workforce are non-UK EU citizens.

More than the remnants of an Empire

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01 Feb 2018

As we begin the process of leaving the EU, our regional museums have the power to change perceptions about Britain’s place in the world. We should celebrate them more, says Jonty Claypole.

Attendance down at London galleries despite record tourism

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06 Dec 2017

The threat of terrorism is thought to have contributed to falling visitor numbers at some of London’s leading museums and galleries, although the V&A bucked the trend with record figures.

Review calls for a more strategic approach to museums funding

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17 Nov 2017

Arts Council England has committed to developing a Museums Action Plan, on the recommendation of the first independent review of the museums sector for more than ten years.

Readers respond: what should Animazing do next?

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13 Nov 2017

Paul Young receives guidance on partnerships and funding, in response to his question about opening a children’s TV museum as a social enterprise.

Redeveloping a period mansion

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12 Oct 2017

Abbot Hall in Kendal, a Grade I listed mansion and now home to an art gallery and museum, is in the early stages of its redevelopment. Gordon Watson outlines the proposals.

No right answers

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20 Jul 2017

Why do we talk about organisational change as if there are right and wrong answers? David Jubb discusses how the Scratch collaborative process for theatre production is also a powerful tool for organisational development.

A radical rescue plan

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13 Jul 2017

The Canterbury Heritage Museum has attracted fewer and fewer visitors in recent years, but a rescue plan involving the Marlowe Theatre is set to revitalise it. Janice McGuinness tells the story.

Young imaginations

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11 May 2017

Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery needs ‘re-imagining’ and who better to do it than the young people who will be its visitors in the years to come, says Matthew Wilde.

Trial and error

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13 Apr 2017

Inspired by theatres, Bristol’s museums and galleries decided to try out a ‘pay what you think’ model for exhibitions. Philip Walker tells the story.

Museums in ‘crisis’ as a quarter are dealt public funding cuts

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04 Apr 2017

Despite the cuts, many museums are managing to increase income through commercial activities and fundraising, the Museums Association’s survey has found.

Liverpool museums worth £53m to the North West

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24 Mar 2017

An economic and social impact study has revealed how National Museums Liverpool contributes to the local economy, tourism, education and health and wellbeing.

Marketing a sensitive and brutal history

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20 Mar 2017

The rise of the selfie has created new problems for those managing ‘dark tourism’ sites, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Félicie Kertudo examines how they can promote themselves ethically. 

Our horrible histories

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15 Mar 2017

Should museums shy away from talking about torture, sexuality and death with children? Sacha Coward explains why he thinks no topic should be off limits. 

Museum visitor numbers drop for the first time in a decade

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26 Jan 2017

Although visits by UK nationals have held steady, visitor numbers from overseas have fallen despite an overall increase in tourism.

Private art in public places

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26 Jan 2017

Many great public art collections were founded upon the bequests of private collectors, but how can galleries engage the collectors and philanthropists of the future? Kirstie Hamilton reports on Museums Sheffield investigations.

Stopping art theft

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01 Dec 2016

How can museums and galleries stop highly organised art theft? Andy Davis recommends an approach that combines a mix of security measures.

Leaders for change

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03 Nov 2016

Claire Antrobus reveals how volunteers, trustees and staff at Ripon Museum Trust have developed their leadership and coaching skills, resulting in greater organisational resilience, better internal communication and clearer roles.

Breaking down barriers

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17 Oct 2016

Could arts organisations be doing more to help young people at the start of their careers? Sam Jackman and Mary Olszewska feed back on a scheme aiming to do just that in Plymouth.

British Museum breached ethics code, claim protesters

05 Oct 2016

Anti-oil campaigners are calling for the Museum’s sponsorship deal with BP to be reviewed following revelations that trustees weren’t involved in the decision to renew the relationship.

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