Sunday, 12 May 2013

Deaccessioning of Material from Public Collections

Damien Huffer on the complicated issues of deaccessioning: "Museums and the Market: When Cultural Institutions Must Sell" (It Surfaced Down Under, May 12th 2013) and the differing issues connected with archaeological research archives and shelved cultural property of other types. It is notable that the collectors advocating the flogging off of the former often confuse it with the latter. Damien ends:
I don't pretend to have a solution readily at hand, but I would love to discuss this topic further. How do YOU think cash-strapped museums can raise revenue without sacrificing too many employees, their ability to provide documented collections for new research, or indirectly fuelling the antiquities trade?    

1 comment:

Damien Huffer said...

Thanks for the shout-out! Discussion is being generated, so let's hope it keeps going.

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