The seminar on the 1 February ‘How to Survive and Prosper as an Independent Museum’ is supported by Bonhams, Castleacre Insurance and Ecclesiastical Insurance and will cover a wide range of pertinent topics from fundraising to public engagement. Speakers include Tim Knox, renowned Director of the Fitzwilliam, Professor Steven Parissien Director of award winning Compton Verney, Isabel Wilson from Arts Council England and Jane Knowles, Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery, amongst others.
Harvey Cammell, Bonhams’ Group Director of Valuations, will be chairing the seminar and says, ’It is great privilege for Bonhams to host this event. We work with a number of different museums and this is terrific opportunity to bring together professionals with a broad range of experience.’
Clare Pardy, Fine Art and Heritage Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance, explains ‘Running a successful museum in the current economic climate is more challenging than it has ever been and sharing good practice and innovative ideas vital.’
The National and Tate Galleries will reveal what really happens behind the scenes when you are trying to negotiate loans for exhibition. Dr Janet Barnes will share her experiences at York on moving from local government to independent trust status and Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam, will talk about how to put on a first class exhibition.
Hugo Johnsen, Director of Castleacre Insurance, adds ‘we know from our previous seminars that museum professionals really value peer to peer experience and we have manged to get some outstanding speakers from across the museum sector from national, local government and independent museums.’
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