Legacy post – Is now the time for Collections in the Cloud?

This post was originally posted to the Collections Trust blog in October 2011. I want you to imagine a scenario with me. Picture your museum. Now imagine it with no servers, no in-house IT team, no Collections data onsite at all. Imagine that all of the software you use to manage your Collections is accessible Read more about Legacy post – Is now the time for Collections in the Cloud?[…]

Legacy post – The Rise and Fall of the Curator

This post was originally posted to the Collections Trust blog on the 14th December 2011. What are the essential ingredients of a museum? If you’d asked this question perhaps 10 years ago, the list would have been pretty straightforward – walls, objects, respectful visitors, curators. The mental archetype of the museum in the popular consciousness Read more about Legacy post – The Rise and Fall of the Curator[…]

Legacy post – Who owns your collections?

This post was originally posted to the Collections Trust blog in December 2011. Yesterday’s announcement about the High Court ruling that the Wedgwood Museum’s collections can be sold as an asset to contribute to the £134m pension shortfall of the Wedgwood company has prompted me to return again to the theme of how fragile a museum’s legal relationship with Read more about Legacy post – Who owns your collections?[…]

Why Culture must always be a Commons

This blog is cross-posted from the Collections Trust blog

altWritten by: Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust

In case I haven’t already made it abundantly clear – I love museums, libraries and archives. I think that investing in professional communities who bring together and protect our shared heritage and make it available for use and enjoyment is one of the most important marks of an enlightened society. The future, after all, is made of everything that came before it, and our job as a profession is to defend the universal and inalienable principle that people must be free to benefit from their heritage. […]

The New Cultural Economy

In his recent article for Prospect, Anatole Kaletsky argues convincingly that in order to secure victory in the forthcoming Election Labour leader Ed Milliband must articulate an intellectual strategy based on a ‘new model of global capitalism that has been evolving since the 2008 crisis.’

Kaletsky states that ‘the key characteristic of [Labour’s new] economic model should be collaboration between business and Government’. In his model, public service and enterprise are not at odds, but rather coexist along a spectrum of delivery which serves 3 long-standing left-wing principles: ‘public ownership or control of production, government provision of social services and redistribution of income to limit inequality’.

A global success story […]