Saturday, July 25, 2009

UK Museums Discover Naming Rights

A moment of unintentional levity in this otherwise grim tale from the Times about budget cuts in UK cultural institutions as Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the British Museum, comes up with the earth-shaking suggestion that the Museum might actually offer donors the opportunity to have their name on part or all of the Museum's new wing. “It could be the Fred Bloggs exhibition centre, the Fred Bloggs conservation and research centre or the Fred Bloggs storage and handling area. If someone was really keen to have their name attached to another part of the museum we could do that as well.” Wow, fancy that.

As it happens, this may all be moot anyway, because the $215 million project just got shot down in flames, 5 votes to 3, by Camden Council's planning committee, with some members describing it as a massive over-development which would have an adverse impact on neighbouring historic buildings. I wonder if anyone has broken the bad news to Mr. Bloggs?

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