What are museums for?
Funding cuts are once again threatening museums and art galleries (and libraries, and other vital resources) internationally. This past weekend I took to social media and asked a simple question 'What are museums for?'. I didn't give a reason and tried to keep it open for everyone to answer.
- — Mar Dixon 🍰 (@MarDixon)Sat, Mar 18 2017 08:16:37
- — Paul Bowers (@Paulrbowers)Sat, Mar 18 2017 08:27:51@MarDixon And 'collect', 'study', 'display', 'digitise', 'publish' etc are the methods for doing that. None of those are the purpose in themselves ;)
- — Holly Trubshawe (@HTrub88)Sat, Mar 18 2017 08:47:29Try answering this in 1 tweet! https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/843013258135199744 …
- — Rick Box (@rickbox)Sat, Mar 18 2017 09:03:27@MarDixon Zoos are to store rare animals; museums are to store rare artifacts. They need to make this interesting to the public for funding.
- — Gilles Duffau (@gillesduffau)Sat, Mar 18 2017 09:20:14@MarDixon A place to discover archives, works of art, science, history enabling understanding the world and other people. 1/2
- — Gilles Duffau (@gillesduffau)Sat, Mar 18 2017 09:22:31@MarDixon In other words : a place enabling communities to understand other communities and build a common sense of mankind / humanity. 2/2
- — Huguenot Museum (@huguenotmuseum)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:11:19
- — Jane Fleming (@fleming77)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:42:34@MarDixon or small local museum preserve local memories collect items found/kept and present these to next generation. Local funds.
- — Mary Mayfield (@marymayf)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:44:43
- — Jane Fleming (@fleming77)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:45:41@MarDixon Whittlesey is the location of Must Farm Bronze Age site. No money to challenge Peterborough Flag Fen who want to appropriate it
- — clarinette (@clarinette02)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:48:26
- — Mark (@thehistoryb0y)Sat, Mar 18 2017 10:50:19Unlocking the (your own) past 😊 https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/843013258135199744 …
- — Chloe Turner (@ennigaldietc)Sat, Mar 18 2017 11:03:23For the community, for curiosity, and for creativity https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/843013258135199744 …