News Update

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news that has been uploaded today, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

It’s good to see that there’s lots of positive media coverage of museums and galleries. The news clippings we bring to you are from around the country, as sent to us by Media Monitors. Although their brief is to send us news about museums and art galleries from all the regional and metropolitan newspapers, they do sometimes miss important and intriguing stories. If you have something you’d especially like to share with MA colleagues, please do send us a copy – it’s better to receive it twice than not at all!

As well as the newspapers, there are many other sources which offer inspiration as well as information. Most of National Radio’s NZ content can be heard online any time, if you miss the live broadcast (you will need broadband). Their arts and culture coverage is not just in Lynn Freeman’s ‘The Arts on Sunday’, although do check out last Sunday’s items on the Rugby World Cup NZ 2011 festival and a review of the Portrait Gallery’s latest show (1 August). I also caught Dougal Stevenson musing on sightings of Brad Pitt and the show ‘Just Passing Through’ at Otago Settlers Museum the same day.

Go to www.radionz.co.nz/rss and enter ‘museum’ in the search box and you’ll get 392 results! You can limit the search by date to reduce this to a very respectable 22 results from the last month, including Kelvin Day on the Taranaki Wars (Puke Ariki), Mary Kisler (Auckland Art Gallery) talking art with Kim Hill, Sir Don McKinnon re-directing Auckland Museum and Canterbury Museum defrosting Shackleton’s whiskey, as well as items included in the shows Sounds Historical, Spectrum and Our Changing World.

For what’s happening overseas, we read news and blogs online whenever we get the time. The news from the UK is pretty grim, with the new conservative government slashing museum budgets by up to 30% and disbanding the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as well as the UK Film Council. In the USA it’s not much better, with job losses and many museums cutting opening hours or other services in a bid to reduce costs – despite rising visitor numbers.

Some useful sources:

Of course the more tech-savvy can sign up to RSS feeds or notifications from many interesting websites… and if you’re on twitter, you can follow MA, for your daily dose of museum-related tweets. Also it is worthwhile checking out NSTP’s roundup of latest news on their site.

Ka kite,

Phillipa & Sophie

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