National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool Hope debate cuts to heritage sectorMonday 6 October 2014
Liverpool Hope University and National Museums Liverpool marked the second year of collaboration on an MA course for curators and heritage managers of the future with a guest lecture from National Museums Liverpool Director David Fleming (OBE MA PhD AMA).
Dr Fleming spoke on “Breaking the mould – how the modern museum is faring as the public sector is rolled back.” Dr Fleming assessed how modern pressures are impacting on museum roles - both the traditional role of looking after things, and the modern role of creating value in society.
Management of museum resources is one of the topics explored in Liverpool Hope’s MA Museum and Heritage Studies, designed and delivered in conjunction with National Museums Liverpool.
The course, which began admitting students in 2013, is the only museum studies programme in the UK to offer such close collaboration with a national museum service. The course includes guest seminars, practical training workshops, study visits and unparalleled access to National Museum Liverpool’s professional expertise, world-class collections and outstanding venues.
Students also explore a variety of methods and techniques employed by today’s museum professionals to develop socially-relevant collections, to produce inspiring and challenging exhibitions, and to engage communities on a local, national and international level.
The lecture also marked the fifth birthday of Liverpool Hope’s MA/PG Cert in Art History and Curating which addresses key developments in art and art history up to the present day, and offers theoretical and practical training in the field of museum studies and curating.
Dr David Fleming said: "Museums are more relevant to more people than ever before, and nowhere is this more true than in Liverpool. However, budgets everywhere are being slashed, and museums are suffering job losses, like other public bodies. This talk was about the dangers this poses to the public, dangers of which most people are unaware."
Dean of Arts and Humanities at Liverpool Hope, Professor Nicholas Rees said: “Dr Fleming’s lecture topic is extremely apt – one of the key challenges for the arts in general is how best to deliver socially-relevant and inspiring content that engages communities on local, national and international levels. Liverpool Hope and National Museums Liverpool have a shared commitment to social justice, and our students are extremely aware that it is vital to think carefully about how the arts can best deliver on that.”
Dr Antoinette McKane, Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies and Programme Leader, MA Museum and Heritage Studies said: "We are incredibly fortunate at Liverpool Hope University to have a strong partnership with National Museums Liverpool that creates opportunities for our students to learn directly from world-leading museum professionals like Dr Fleming. In recent years our MA Museum and Heritage Studies and MA Art History and Curating programmes have attracted students from the United States, Mexico, Russia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Europe and across the UK. Together, Liverpool Hope University and National Museums Liverpool are really putting this city on the map as a place for educating and inspiring the next generation of creative and committed museum leaders."
Slide image courtesy of National Museums Liverpool.