Museum mangagement in a time of change : impacts of cultural policy on museums in Britain, 1979-1997
Kawashima, Nobuko (1997) Museum mangagement in a time of change : impacts of cultural policy on museums in Britain, 1979-1997. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Centre for Cultural Policy Studies. Research papers, Vol.3 .
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This paper examines some of the major impacts of British cultural policy in the 1980s and
1990s, with particular reference to museum management. The paper identifies three major
themes of cultural policy at national and local level during the period as the needs for (1)
plural funding, (2) customer orientation and (3) management for efficiency and effectiveness,
and examines their impacts on local authority museums.
The paper consists of three major parts and a concluding part as follows:
• the themes of government policy in culture reiterated through the decades, and
environmental changes surrounding the museum sector in the UK (Part 1)
• a case study of museums owned and run by local authorities, which provides empirical
findings on the subject. Three specific areas—income generation, public service
orientation and strategic management—receive attention (Part 2)
• the theoretical analysis of issues in museum management (Part 3).
This report aims to contribute to the following research themes. Primary readership may be
different for each:
• the context and issues in which the UK museum sector has been operating in the last
few decades, as an introduction to the subject for those who are not yet familiar with it,
and also for those who wish to reflect systematically on the changes they have known
by experience (Part 1)
• a case study of management changes in the local authority museum sector, which may
be of interest to those working in the sector, or to cultural policy makers who have a
stake in museums (Part 2)
• a theorisation of museum management, aimed at museum managers and researchers,
and cultural policy makers and researchers, both in the UK and beyond (Part 3)
• a study of museum marketing, its development, state of the art, issues and problems, for
those particularly interested in marketing (Chapters 5, 7 and 9)
• a proposal of research topics in visitor studies for practical use (Chapter 9)
• a study of public service management, for those who wish to compare the experience of
culture to other areas of public policy (Chapters 4, 6, 7 and 11).
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies > Centre for Cultural Policy Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Great Britain -- Cultural policy, Museums -- Management -- Great Britain|
|Series Name:||Research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for Cultural Policy Studies|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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