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Remembering Dorothy Kuya

2 January 2014 by David Fleming

Today I’d like to pay tribute to leading anti-racism campaigner Dorothy Kuya who died following a short illness on 23 December, 2013. Dorothy’s impact and influence stretched far beyond the L8 streets were she was raised.

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Award for Hillsborough Mum

16 December 2013 by David Fleming

Picture of a cabinet contain

Some of the Hillsborough related objects on display at the Museum of Liverpool

I attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday 15 December (my wife Alison is a BBC Trustee). Read more…

Takeover day!

25 November 2013 by David Fleming

ISM Takeover Day

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending two debates by schoolchildren at the International Slavery Museum (ISM) as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day. It was also the occasion of the launch of the ISM’s new Teachers’ Guide to the Legacies of Transatlantic Slavery. Read more…

MA Conference 2013

15 November 2013 by David Fleming

Picture of David Fleming at  the SJAM launch

SJAM Launch

This week lots of NML staff have been busy at the UK Museums Association’s annual conference, held this year in Liverpool. We are told this was the biggest ever

MA conference (and it’s been around for more then 100 years!) and possibly the best, with lots of topical sessions. Read more…

Our international work

4 November 2013 by David Fleming

Vestfold County Museum Norway

Mekonnen Wolday Vestfoldmuseene/ Slottsfjelsmuseet

I have been involved in a lot  of international activity recently, as the rest of the world seeks advice from National Museums Liverpool (NML) about how to run successful modern museums. Read more…

Liverpool, World Heritage Site

11 October 2013 by David Fleming

Merseyside Maritime Museum on sunny day with boats in dock

There is much activity surrounding Liverpool’s World Heritage Site status at the moment. For those of you who have missed it, much of Liverpool city centre has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in recognition of the city’s remarkable wealth of buildings and structures that relate to the period when Liverpool was the premier port in the British Empire. This means that Liverpool’s heritage is ranked alongside the cities of Bruges, Prague and Salzburg and other celebrated heritage sites around the world such as Angkor Wat temple complex and the Taj Mahal – there are 981 in all, 28 of them in the UK. Read more…

How much does it cost?

26 July 2013 by David Fleming

Woman and child putting money in donation box at Museum of Liverpool

Copyright Mark McNulty

 Museums are being urged by Government to raise money from all possible sources to cope with the cuts that are being made in public funding. But how realistic is it that public funding can be replaced by money from elsewhere? Read more…

The important work of the Social Justice Alliance of Museums

15 July 2013 by David Fleming

Staff in anti slavery t shirt looking at text panel on wall

I have been working on setting up the Social Justice Alliance of Museums (SJAM) – an international network of museums and related bodies that believe in the concept of social justice. Read more…

Can we afford Liverpool’s cultural heritage?

4 July 2013 by David Fleming

The landmark buildings on Liverpool's waterfront

Pier Head, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

I have been working this week on a Report for the Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Joe Anderson, on the city’s cultural heritage – the nature of it, the challenges, how to care for what we have, how to attract visitors to Liverpool, funding for the heritage itself etc etc. If the Report is any good, it will become a model in which other cities around the world will be very interested: the care and ‘use’ of our cultural heritage is a global issue, and the heritage sector has not been especially intelligent in explaining the whys and wherefores to sceptics, many of whom have a simple belief that looking after our cultural heritage is a luxury we cannot afford. Read more…

Should we charge international visitors?

28 June 2013 by David Fleming

Picture of David and Simon being filmed for The One Show

Simon and I being filmed for The One Show

Simon Calder, the travel writer and broadcaster, interviewed me for The One Show last week because of the growing public interest in the impact cuts in government funding are having on museums, an interest that reached something of a peak when the London-based Science Museum announced that it might have to close one of its northern ‘branches’ in Manchester, Bradford and York if its budgets were cut further.

Simon had a suggestion about admission charges. He agrees that admission charges for British taxpayers would lead to a drop in the number of people who visit museums, which cannot be a good thing, so he wasn’t advocating that. And we can’t charge EU citizens if we don’t charge British citizens, according to EU law. His proposal is that that we should charge non-EU citizens only. Read more…

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