As the museum sector begins to feel the full force of the coalition government’s Spending Review, Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey has lined himself up for a tough question and answer session about its impact.
The event in front of an audience of museum professionals takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Wednesday December 15 at 3pm and is part of a series of sessions and initiatives being led by museums agency the Collections Trust.
Nick Poole, Collections Trust CEO, will be posing the questions, which have been gathered from the sector over the last month. Poole said the event would be a “unique and important opportunity” for the Minister to meet with the industry, set out his vision and address their questions.
“We must look beyond the short-term implications of the Spending Review,” he added, “to the longer-term possibilities presented for museums to play a more active role in society and in rebuilding the UK economy.”
Topics will include the role of culture within the Big Society vision; protecting local museum services in the midst of the cuts and the need for a national museums strategy. There will also be questions from the floor on the day.
The debate, which promises to heated, will move into the bar of the ICA after the main event.
Admittance is by ticket only. Tickets are free and can be booked online at http://openculture.eventbrite.com
Collections Trust is currently involved in a three-year campaign called OpenCulture designed to ensure that collections are available for enjoyment and use by everyone. For further information about the OpenCulture campaign and 2011 conference, visit http://www.openculture2011.org.uk