With another year of sold-out festivities well underway, Black Country Living Museum’s Director of Communications & Marketing, Laura Wakelin, discusses why #culturematters at Christmas.
Today (Wednesday 10 June) is the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to celebrate and support UK museums.
People across the country today are sharing why museums are important to them, and we’re bringing you our Museums Director, John Orna-Ornstein, with his top 5 reasons to love this country’s museums.
It’s seven days since I began my new job at Arts Council England, so I thought that I would take the opportunity to share some thoughts and experiences from my first week as Chief Executive.
I’m very much in learning mode at the moment. As well as meeting the teams based in each of our nine offices around the country, I also wanted to ensure that I took the opportunity to meet some of the people who run the broad range of arts and cultural organisations that are supported by Arts Council England.
Our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, blogs about how museums are changing the way they relate to the people who visit them.
Tiny Explorers - Image courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces - Hadley Studios
Our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, blogs about the work about one of this country's extraordinary curators and the impact of our Museum resilience fund.
John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Museums, blogs about the future of local authority funded museums.
Last year we commissioned a research study, from economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, examining how different arts and cultural institutions affect levels of happiness. Richard Russell, our Director of Policy and Research, blogs about the results, which we've just published.
The dinner table conversation at my house last week revolved around the difficult environment facing museums at the moment. My family were asking me the question:
‘Why would anyone choose to work in a museum?’
I go to museums a lot; it’s part of Arts Council keeping fully in touch with what’s happening around the country. But Friday was unusual even for me. I visited all eight Cambridge University museums and galleries in a single day: an exhausting, inspiring whistle stop tour.