January 29, 2005
Estelle Morris has warned British Institutions against hoarding large amounts of their collections that they do not have the space to display & that the public rarely see. Even 150 years ago the British Museum had far more artefacts than it could display, yet they still refuse to allow de-accessioning of works in their collections except under very specific conditions. Currently only 75 thousand out of more than 7 million items are displayed within the museum.
Minister warns ‘hoarding’ museums
Last Updated: Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 17:02 GMT
Too many works of art and historical artefacts are hidden from public view, the government has said.
Arts minister Estelle Morris says major museums in England should allow smaller galleries to exhibit undisplayed items.
She said there was a growing appetite for “serious” culture in the country and called for the “cultural centre of gravity” to move away from London.
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