Read the full transcript of the MJ roundtable debate

Museums Journal brought together eight leading figures in the sector and asked them to discuss what museums are for. The results of their thinking are enlightening, entertaining, and, in places, surprising...
Those involved in the discussion were: Sharon Ament, the director of public engagement at the Natural History Museum, David Barrie, the director of the Art Fund, Maurice Davies, the deputy director of the Museums Association, James Delingpole, a journalist and author, Nichola Johnson, the director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Diane Lees, the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood, Sandy Nairne, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, and Mark O'Neill, the head of museums and galleries, Glasgow.

To read the full transcript, please click here (word)

An edited version of the transcript appears in the April edition of Museums Journal.

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For another point of view, you can also visit an event at The Merseyside Maritime Museum on 17 May 2007, 6pm-8pm

The Great Museums Debate – What are Museums for?

National Museums Liverpool and Kids in Museums Great Museum Debate - What are museums for? Who are museums for? Chaired by Gillian Reynolds, the debate will explore the purpose of a modern museum. Speakers include David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, writer James Delingpole and David Barrie, Director of the Art Fund.

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