Author Archives: tonybutler1

Why a museum’s goal should be a diverse, habitual audience

As is not unusual, I’ve spent some of my holiday visiting museums with my family. Two experiences stick out, a trip to the Wonderlab at the Science Museum and a visit to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. Although … Continue reading

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If not here, where? – the museum as host in a polarised world

In February 2017, nearly eight months after the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, the Happy Museum project held an event in Derby Silk Mill to understand why people chose to vote the way they did and to … Continue reading

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Brexit – I know I must accept fate, but it’s hard!

Like many of the 48% who voted to remain in the European Union (EU), I was heartbroken by the referendum result last June. The UK joined the European Economic Community the year after I was born. I have never not … Continue reading

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Class Struggles

Attention to socio-economic division within the UK appears to be en vogue. Whether it’s interest in post-industrial decline, the ‘left-behind’ of globalisation or rising inequality, class is back! Last year a survey led by Goldsmiths, University of London noted that … Continue reading

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Some reflections on museums and Brexit

The Brexit vote was met with both surprise and denial by many in the cultural sector. The weekend after the vote the Guardian published the reactions of artists and cultural folk (mostly from London) dismayed that their compatriots had voted … Continue reading

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Total Football, Total Museums

I need little encouragement to try and draw parallels between football and museums. The sad death of Johan Cruyff last week, caused me to reflect on the wonderful Dutch team of the 1970s. With Cruyff as captain and under the … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Strange Death of England’s civic museums

George Dangerfield’s the Strange Death of Liberal England is now somewhat of a trope. The gist of the title is frequently applied to institutions which have declined, unexpectedly at the time, inevitably in hindsight. I hope the same can’t be … Continue reading

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