Review of the year
The most popular articles on the MA website in 2012
Below are the most popular news, features, reviews, comments, and Museum Practice editions from the past year across the website.
- Museum director suspended
Jonathon Riley, the director general of the Royal Armouries in Leeds, has been temporarily suspended pending a review of issues raised by the museum’s auditors.
- Significant areas of England left without Renaissance funding
Arts Council England announces 16 major partner museums, but nothing in the East Midlands
- Creationism controversy at Giant's Causeway
The National Trust’s inclusion of creationism in the new visitors’ centre at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland has been called a "grave error of judgement".
- Chinese artworks stolen from Fitzwilliam
Museums have been urged to step up their security following the theft of 18 Chinese artworks from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
- Closures hit museums across the UK
Research by Museums Journal has found that 42 museums, galleries and heritage sites have shut over the past decade, most of them in the past two years.
- All work and no pay
Internships often leave people feeling exploited and undervalued, and can threaten workforce diversity
- Starting out
Student debts, limited job prospects and low pay - who would want to start a career in museums and galleries now?
- Mapping the future
Museums all over Britain have maps in their collections, but are they using them to their best advantage?
- Closing time
The Museums Association publishes its latest cuts survey
- Flexible thinking
Should museums and galleries be looking at radical new ways to present their permanent exhibitions?
- SeaCity Museum, Southampton
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
- Cutty Sark, London
- Scott's Last Expedition, NHM; The Heart of the Great Alone, The Queen's Gallery; The Polar Museum, Cambridge
- Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
- What did Jeremy Hunt achieve for the arts and culture?
- Do master's degrees help get jobs?
- Why the Google art project is important
- Can a technologist get ahead in museums?
- Do we need specialist curators?