Continuing the Conversation: Statues, Monuments and Difficult Histories

The following commentary originally appeared in ICOM UK weekly news The tragic events of Charlottesville, instigated by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, highlights the important role we as museums and heritage professionals play in preserving, interpreting and displaying public history. Myself and Edmund Connolly, Head of Communications for [...]

60-Second Tour: Museum Barberini

Museum Barberini had an inauspicious opening date - 20 January 2017 - the same day as Donald Trump's inauguration.  The Museum is the creation of German software billionaire Hasso Plattner, who financed the refurbishment of what once was the palace of Frederick the Great.  The Museum will host rotating temporary exhibitions featuring works from Plattner's private collection along [...]

Diversity in the Arts: Why Numbers Count

The fact that the only candidate rejected for the Channel 4 board was a black woman (the other four candidates were white men) has sparked outrage across the cultural sector. A number of high profile cultural sector leaders including Bonnie Greer, Tessa Jowell and Liz Forgan signed a letter requesting an explanation for the decision. [...]