Draft cultural strategy seeks greater cooperation - Museums Association

Draft cultural strategy seeks greater cooperation

Inner and outer London museums told to team up
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A second version of the draft cultural strategy issued for public consultation by London mayor Boris Johnson, Cultural Metropolis: 2012 and Beyond, recommends further cooperation between inner and outer London museums, and stresses the value of volunteering for the capital’s museum sector.

The document, a blueprint for cultural services during and after the Olympics, was produced by the London Cultural Strategy Group.

The advisory body, appointed by Johnson, is chaired by Iwona Blazwick, director of London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery.

The London Museums hub initiative to facilitate the loan of the British Museum’s ancient Egyptian sculpture, the Gayer-Anderson Cat (around 664 BC), to Brent Museum last year is cited as an “excellent example” of cooperation between inner and outer London institutions.

The report also adds that the hub is offering training to small museums “so that they are equipped to offer high- quality volunteer placements to people inspired to volunteer by the Olympics”.

Meanwhile, cultural organisations will be encouraged to upload information by the end of 2010 on a new online Culture Diary, which aims to be a “definitive” guide to activities in the capital during 2012.

“Given the economic climate, our ambition as a sector to become greener and a very uneven cultural offer in London’s outer boroughs, we want to stimulate collaboration,” said Blazwick.

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