The Passionate Museum
Nyborg, Denmark
22 March 2011
David Fleming
Director, National Museums Liverpool
Introduction
• Museums have shifted to being about something
to being for somebody
• No two museums are the same
• Museums...
Human Rights Museums
International Slavery Museum
Haiti Freedom Sculpture
© Pete Pattisson
Home alone: end
domestic slavery
District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
http://www.districtsix.co.za/
Old Grammar School Museum, Hands on History in Hull
Tyne and Wear Museums
Audience: Tyne and Wear Museums
• T&W
• Centre for Cities
• NML
Liverpool
Liverpool – diverse city
• Population of almost half a million
• Many distinct communities
• Chronic economic decline in 2...
Liverpool – city outlook
• Unemployment is twice as high as the national average
• Liverpool and neighbouring Birkenhead a...
National Museums Liverpool
Our mission
We aim to change the lives of our users, and
to enable millions of people, from all
backgrounds, to enjoy the ...
Our values (1)
• We believe that museums are fundamentally educational in in
purpose
• We believe that museums are places ...
Our values (2)
• We believe in the power of museums to help promote good and
active citizenship, and acts as agents of soc...
NML Strategy statement
• Widen participation in our activities, thereby fulfilling our social
objectives, especially by at...
NML Strategy statement (2)
• Pursue research programmes that lead to greater knowledge
of our collections, and promote the...
NML Strategy statement (3)
• Be alert to social, economic and technological change to ensure
we remain relevant and focuss...
Museum of Liverpool
Overhead Railway
Lutyens’ Cathedral
Model
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011
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David Fleming: The passionate museum. ODM Internationalt Formidlingsseminar 2011

  1. 1. The Passionate Museum Nyborg, Denmark 22 March 2011 David Fleming Director, National Museums Liverpool
  2. 2. Introduction • Museums have shifted to being about something to being for somebody • No two museums are the same • Museums are for the public benefit – they carry social responsibility
  3. 3. Human Rights Museums
  4. 4. International Slavery Museum
  5. 5. Haiti Freedom Sculpture
  6. 6. © Pete Pattisson Home alone: end domestic slavery
  7. 7. District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa http://www.districtsix.co.za/
  8. 8. Old Grammar School Museum, Hands on History in Hull
  9. 9. Tyne and Wear Museums
  10. 10. Audience: Tyne and Wear Museums • T&W • Centre for Cities • NML
  11. 11. Liverpool
  12. 12. Liverpool – diverse city • Population of almost half a million • Many distinct communities • Chronic economic decline in 20th century • Population decline in 20th Century • Regeneration has begun
  13. 13. Liverpool – city outlook • Unemployment is twice as high as the national average • Liverpool and neighbouring Birkenhead are the two most deprived cities in England • Liverpool is top in overall deprivation and in the extent of deprivation
  14. 14. National Museums Liverpool
  15. 15. Our mission We aim to change the lives of our users, and to enable millions of people, from all backgrounds, to enjoy the benefits of engagement with a world class museum service.
  16. 16. Our values (1) • We believe that museums are fundamentally educational in in purpose • We believe that museums are places for ideas and dialogue that use collections to inspire people • We are a democratic museum service and we believe in the concept of social justice: we are funded by the whole of the public and in return we strive to provide an excellent service to the whole of the public
  17. 17. Our values (2) • We believe in the power of museums to help promote good and active citizenship, and acts as agents of social change • We believe in seeking out new opportunities and innovative ways of working, so as to keep our public offer fresh, relevant, challenging and competitive
  18. 18. NML Strategy statement • Widen participation in our activities, thereby fulfilling our social objectives, especially by attracting diverse audiences • Ensure that we offer educational opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds, while not forgetting that museums also offer unique, compelling and cross-generational forms of entertainment • As the major cultural business in the region which is also a prime tourist asset, achieve economic benefits through developing cultural tourism, and by helping build a strong image for Liverpool and the region
  19. 19. NML Strategy statement (2) • Pursue research programmes that lead to greater knowledge of our collections, and promote the exceptional quality of our collections • Improve our visitors’ experience by upgrading our buildings, displays, and facilities, offering quality and variety • Strive to create a professional organisational culture that motivates our team and enables us to work effectively in harmony • Actively seek to increase the diversity of our workforce
  20. 20. NML Strategy statement (3) • Be alert to social, economic and technological change to ensure we remain relevant and focussed • Work in partnership with other agencies – arts, business, public bodies • Behave in an ethical manner at all times, promoting sustainable practices • Manage risk in a positive and effective manner • Use our resources wisely and augment them wherever we are able, providing real value for money
  21. 21. Museum of Liverpool
  22. 22. Overhead Railway
  23. 23. Lutyens’ Cathedral Model

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