Latest posts tagged as museums

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.

John Orna-Ornstein on 10 Jun 2015

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.

Darren Henley on 27 Apr 2015 1 comment

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

John Orna-Ornstein on 24 Apr 2015

Dr Matthew Tanner, Chief Executive of ss Great Britain Trust and Brunel Institute in Bristol, and Chairman of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), blogs about the recently published report of the economic impact of museums in England.

Matthew Tanner on 18 Mar 2015

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.

Lowewood Museum

John Orna-Ornstein on 2 Mar 2015

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.

Richard Russell on 12 Jan 2015

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?’

John Orna-Ornstein on 6 Oct 2014

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.

John Orna-Ornstein on 8 Sep 2014

It’s now been a week or so since we announced our decisions on National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums. We’ve had many reactions, as you’d imagine.

When you are making these kinds of announcements a press conference or in a blog, you have to think very quickly.

Reflecting on the process, and talking to people who’ve been on the receiving end of these decisions, I find myself wanting to share one or two thoughts I was unable to dwell on at the time. 

Alan Davey on 11 Jul 2014

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