Friday, 15 May 2015

Britain's Future Cultural Policy

Dave O'Brien, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London, suggests (the Conversation, 11th May 2015) 'What to expect from Tory cultural policy: where the axe will fall',
It won’t surprise anyone to learn that we’re facing further cuts over the next five years, so the most realistic question to begin with is to ask where the axe will fall.[...] It’s clear that culture is vulnerable. It’s not unreasonable to say that we may even see the abolition of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Cutting the size and cost of central government is a clear part of a Conservative agenda, and so even if it’s not abolished, we will likely see major changes to it. Arts Council England’s funds will also be reduced further.
Against such a background, it is not so much a question of whether the Portable Antiquities Scheme will hold out, but for how long? What comes after it? What happens to all those "data" accumulated when the funding is not there to maintain the database?

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