Category Archives: Derby

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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The Post-Capitalist Museum and Derby Silk Mill

I have only a rudimentary grasp of economics but I am thoroughly enjoying reading Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism His provocation is that capitalism is broken. Cycles of boom and bust punctuated by state bail outs are unsustainable. Soon the state will … Continue reading

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Who pays for free admission to museums in the UK?

I spent much of the last fortnight spending a small fortune traipsing round half empty museums in Tuscany. From afar I read the increasingly contested debates around the philosophy and affordability of the policy free admission to some museums in … Continue reading

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Museums and the Civic Contract part 2 – the Derby way

In my last blog I suggested that museums reassert their civic contract with their place and their communities. This would augment the value of the institution of the museum as a place of learning, mediation and delight. I suggested that … Continue reading

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