MA and NMDC to hold museum hustings

Patrick Steel, 20.04.2015
Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems to set out policies
The Museums Association (MA) with the National Museum Directors’ Council are holding a pre-election hustings event on the evening of 30 April at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The culture minister Ed Vaizey, shadow culture minister Chris Bryant, and the Liberal Democrat Lords spokesperson for culture Jane Bonham-Carter will be setting out their party’s policy and priorities for museums, followed by a Question Time-style discussion chaired by arts journalist Simon Tait.

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: “The hustings is a great opportunity for people from across the museum sector to ask questions directly to those who will be formulating key policies and decisions affecting the sector in the next parliament.

“We would strongly encourage any MA members interested to attend, and to send us any questions they might have for the panel.”

The event is free for MA members and will take place at 6-8pm on 30 April at the Imperial War Museum in London. To reserve a place please email rsvp@nationalmuseums.org.uk. Places will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

The discussion will include some pre-agreed questions.

If you would like to pose a question to the three candidates, or if there are any particular issues you would like to see covered during the discussion, please contact Suzie Tucker, NMDC head of strategy and communications: suzie.tucker@nationalmuseums.org.uk / 020 7091 3174 or Alistair Brown, MA policy officer: alistair@museumsassociation.org / 020 7566 7850.

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Anonymous
MA Member
23.04.2015, 12:32
Only three parties - not very representative, is it?
Alistair Brown
MA Member
Policy Officer, Museums Association
27.04.2015, 11:09
Given that culture is a devolved responsibility in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it seems appropriate to invite the three main parties with a UK-wide presence who will be taking important decisions on museum policy and funding in the next five years.