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Charge admission for national museums?

7 June 2013 by David Fleming

Photo of young people enjoying paintings at the Walker Art Gallery

As Director of National Museums Liverpool, this week I found myself discussing with Brian Sewell (on BBC Radio 5 Live) whether the nation can afford free access to national museums. Sewell is an outspoken character who expresses extreme views on a range of subjects, including, I recollect, all things northern. Not my ideal choice of debating partner as I usually disagree vehemently with what he says, but no-one told me beforehand that he would be sharing the airspace with me, so I was taken by surprise. As it turned out, Sewell was quite mild on the subject of admission charges to national museums, and at one stage he actually said he’s not in favour (but is merely in favour of considering the reintroduction of charges). Read more…

Strasbourg success

26 April 2013 by David Fleming

Council of Europe

The UK does badly nowadays in the Eurovision Song Contest. So, either our national musical proficiency has declined, or the UK simply isn’t everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to European voting. It is something of a special surprise then that there is one European vote that the UK has won recently – when the Museum of Liverpool was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013. On Tuesday 23 April I was in the beautiful city of Strasbourg to collect the award, in the magnificent Palais Rohan. Read more…

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