Poll: should museums do more to exploit interest in popular events?

Nicola Sullivan, 15.06.2016
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More than 6,000 people have visited an exhibition put on to celebrate Leicester City Football Club’s Premier League win since it opened just over a week ago, according to an article in the Leicester Mercury.  

The Fearless Foxes exhibition at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester tells the story of how the football club, which is known as the Foxes, made the extraordinary journey from facing relegation at the bottom of the league last year to winning the title this year. It includes video footage, photographs and memorabilia and explores the impact the club’s success has had on the city.

The brave decision to stage the exhibition, which was put together in just 45 days, was taken when Leicester still had several games left, although confidence in the team was high after its surprise win against Manchester City in February. It also meant the museum had to postpone its summer exhibition, Birds.

Matthew Constantine, the collections, interpretation and learning manager at Leicester Arts and Museums Service, which manages the New Walk Museum and Gallery, predicted that the exhibition would get more local people through the doors.  

Should museums do more to exploit interest in popular events?