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The Welsh Dimension: Issues facing the museum sector in Wales


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By Lesley-Anne Kerr, CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales
For: Museums Computer Group Spring Conference 2008
Wednesday 23rd April, 2008, Swansea

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The Welsh Dimension: Issues facing the museum sector in Wales

  1. 1. The Welsh Dimension Issues facing the sector in Wales
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Issues facing Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Current Work </li></ul>
  3. 3. The background <ul><li>Welsh Assembly Government </li></ul><ul><li>Culture as a devolved power </li></ul><ul><li>CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales </li></ul>
  4. 4. Issues <ul><li>The landscape – literal and metaphorical </li></ul><ul><li>Language – a bilingual nation </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Identity </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Landscape <ul><li>Wales and Rurality </li></ul><ul><li>Population 3 million </li></ul><ul><li>Poor south north transport infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>22 local authority areas </li></ul><ul><li>Providing access to remote areas – the importance of online collections </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Bilingual Nation <ul><li>Welsh Language Act </li></ul><ul><li>25% of population is Welsh speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Creating and maintaining bilingual content requires tools and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Searching bilingual content also presents challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting bilingual information </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cultural Identity <ul><li>It’s about more than just language </li></ul><ul><li>The role of online collections </li></ul>
  8. 8. What are we doing? <ul><li>Spotlight on Museums </li></ul><ul><li>Quantifying Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>A museum strategy for Wales </li></ul><ul><li>One Wales commitment for an online People’s Collection </li></ul>