Museums in the Long Now
Join the debate on museums of the future started on 18th June 2008 at City University London.
If we were today to design a museum to house the Clock of the Long Now, being built to last for 10,000 years, what would it look like?
On 18th June, a small group of museum professionals, futurists and cultural commentators came together to generate some new thinking about museums of the future.
Whilst there was general agreement that in the immediate future museums would remain building and collection based, ideas about the longer term varied widely.
Some welcomed disruption, others continuity. The importance of digital developments was hotly debated. Notions of creativity and sustainability were explored.
The question was asked, could museums be the ‘trim rudder’ for wider change – the place to renegotiate the troubled relationship between the public sector and the private individual?
The day was organised by Nicola Jennings, Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme at City University London, and Kathleen Soriano, Director of Compton Verney in Warwickshire, with funding from the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise (LCACE).