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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 13 July 2020

Below is a link to download the latest coronavirus PDF bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government advice and information on: The temporary VAT cut for accommodation and attractions including museums The Job Retention Bonus for furloughed employees who remain employed until the end of January 2021 The Eat ...
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Book announcement: Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age

Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age, authored by Dr Natalia Grincheva, is now available from Routledge. The book explores online museum spaces as sites of contemporary diplomacy across the largest museums in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.  In the time of the post(pandemic) “digital lockdown” this book offers timely, useful and illuminating ...
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From no website to winning on TikTok – how the Uffizi Galleries in Florence turned classical art into a new art form

This article was first published by Distractify https://www.distractify.com/p/uffizi-tiktok?utm_source=American+Alliance+of+Museums&utm_campaign=230753e0e8-Dispatches_July2_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f06e575db6-230753e0e8-37422009 When you think of an art museum, you might picture a stodgy, airless room filled with crusty old paintings and stagnant sculptures. And, to be fair, a lot of art museums are exactly that. However, there’s a whole contingent of museum workers who ...
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Covid has hit BAME communities disproportionately – and so have heritage funding decisions

This article was first published by Museums + Heritage Advisor https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/features/covid-hit-bame-communities-disproportionately-heritage-funding-decisions/ Article written for M+H Advisor by: Dr Safina Islam, head of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust, an open access archive and library on race, ethnicity and migration located at Manchester Central Library It’s well documented that Covid-19 disproportionately ...
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When the Louvre Reopens, It’s Going to Be Quiet

This article was first published in The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/arts/design/louvre-reopening.html The museum’s president said visitor numbers could be reduced as much as 80 percent. That might mean a better view of the Mona Lisa, if you can get there. The Musée du Louvre in Paris was set to reopen on July ...
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US cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach

This article was first published in the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/cultural-institutions-reopen-with-a-more-hands-off-approach/2020/06/25/015d0352-9ac0-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html Since Pennsylvania ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, people have been asking Trish Wellenbach if she will change the name of the Philadelphia children’s museum she runs. When global health experts are advising the world to avoid touching, is the Please ...
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Museums’ treasures endure, but how we see them may change

This article was first published by National Geographic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/museums-treasures-endure-how-we-see-them-may-change-coronavirus/ As Europe’s museums emerge from lockdown, visitors experience unique moments of peace amid the new “normal.” At 9:00 sharp on a recent June morning, Peter Campbell stood at the entrance to Naples’ famed National Archaeology Museum. Although the museum had been officially reopened ...
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Facebook bans ‘loot-to-order’ antiquities trade

This article was first published by the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53140615 Facebook has banned users trading in historical artefacts on the site. It follows a campaign by academic researchers and an investigation by BBC News, exposing how items looted from Iraq and Syria were sold on Facebook. One expert welcomed the move but said for anything ...
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Webinar: Unpacking Chinese Diaspora from the Asian Art Box

Vastari Connects – virtual round table series Unpacking Chinese Diaspora from the Asian Art Box Tuesday 21 July 2020, 5-6pm BST VASTARI CONNECTS is proud to host a timely and detailed conversation exploring the structural biases against art world professionals of Chinese descent.  We will be talking to London-based artist Gordon Cheung and ...
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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 6 July 2020

Below is a link to download the latest PDF coronavirus bulletin for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government advice and published information, including: £1.57 billion arts, culture and heritage support package. The funding includes: £1.15bn for cultural organisations through grants and loans £100m of targeted support for national cultural institutions £120m ...
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