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Confronting censorship and controversy

Museums are increasingly under pressure from funders, the press and donors to change their programming, displays and events.

This session from the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2016 in Glasgow asks if and how museums can preserve their independence in the face of difficult demands and public controversy.

Speakers discuss experiences of curating a collection featuring controversial artworks, a recent study of censorship and selfcensorship, and the ongoing Index on Censorship project to provide practical guidance for cultural venues in moments of controversy.


Alistair Brown, Policy Officer, Museums Association


Nathaniel Hepburn, Director, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
Julia Farrington, Associate Arts Producer, Index on Censorship
Janet Marstine, Academic Director, School of Museum Studies, Leicester University