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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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Museums and the Civic Contract – part 1

Last week I went to the V & A to see the All this Belongs to You. It is a series of interventions by artists and the museum examining the role of public institutions in contemporary life and what it means … Continue reading

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Derby Museums Budget travails 2015-16

in December 2014 Derby City Council Announced it was reducing funding support to Derby Museums Trust by 26%. Councils across England are having their budgets squeezed to the pips, largely a result of the Austerity policies of the Westminster government.  Derby … Continue reading

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New beginnings

I haven’t updated this blog for over a year – very remiss of me. At the end of last year I left the Museum of East Anglian Life after nine fantastic and exhilarating years to take up a new challenge. … Continue reading

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