What is the function of a fine art museum? Some treat the museum as almost a hallowed place, somewhere to worship at the altar of man’s greatest achievements. Recently there has been much debate about the social role of the museum to fulfil its charitable purpose. What is that charitable purpose, apart from opening the doors to the public and conserving the collections? This richly illustrated talk will draw on both the origins of the museum in the UK and current multi-award winning programmes that rearticulate the purpose of a museum as a caring community, where people from every walk of life can find meaning. The evidence is that it’s not what you do but the way that you do it that matters. The examples given in the talk are transferable to any social endeavour.
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