The Future of Civic Museums

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - to be added onto the waitlist email cheryl.mccarrick@twmuseums.org.uk


English Civic Museums Network (ECMN), supported by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) are organising a seminar at the V&A to discuss a new report published in July 2018: The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece. The Thinkpiece, authored by Peter Latchford of Black Radley Ltd, was commissioned to examine the particular qualities, value and importance of civic museums, identify the current challenges they face and explore what they should do to thrive and become more relevant and resilient in the future. Latchford argues that to survive, civic museums must see themselves as part of the wider ecology that surrounds them, building a sense of place, rather than caring for collections in splendid isolation. 

The seminar will bring together key stakeholders from both inside and outside the cultural sector aswell as a wider audience to debate the purpose of civic museums as articulated by Peter and set an agenda for how we take forward the recommendations of the Thinkpiece.

The event is scheduled to take place from 10am (registration, formal start 10:30 am) until 4.30pm.

The format for the day will incorporate a series of presentations in the morning followed in the afternoon by workshop sessions.  

We’re delighted to announce that our confirmed speakers are:

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director - V&A

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive – RSA

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE – Chair, Local Government Association, Culture and Sport Committee

Andrew Barnett, Director - UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive – Heritage Lottery Fund

Peter Latchford, Chief Executive – Black Radley

Victoria & Albert Museum, London on Friday 25 January 2019
Doors Open at 10:00AM
From 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Place Price: 0.00
Box Office: 0191 2772312

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