Managing your museum in economically challenging times - David Fleming 

David FlemingAugust 2009 - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

National Services Te Paerangi in partnership with the Wellington Museums Trust brought David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool to New Zealand for the New Zealand Diversity Forum.

As well as presenting at the forum, NSTP toured David to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

David spoke about managing museums in tough financial times. Or perhaps that should be 'in times that are tougher than usual’!

He says:
Modern, inclusive museums mustn’t cut back on their activities just because budgets are being squeezed. In some cases, they’ll simply have to work harder. Increasing admission fees and commercial activities is not the ultimate solution, because although making money is important, it’s not what museums are for. Being clear about what museums are for – and making sure we’re focused on the same thing – is the best way of coping with hard times.

About the presenter

Since David Fleming’s arrival at National Museums Liverpool in 2001 he has supervised the completion of two major capital projects: the £45 million ‘Into The Future’ project, which included major refurbishment in the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum Liverpool, and most recently the opening of the new International Slavery Museum. He is currently overseeing the creation of the new £72 million Museum of Liverpool. Since he became Director of National Museums Liverpool, audiences have more than trebled, rising from around 700,000 per year to more than 2.7 million.

Download the presentation

Audio from David's Wellington presentation (MP3, 53.7MB)