Sorry, Andrew, but no. The sheer provision of a statutory service without
standards is likely to result in poorer services not better ones. I
hesitate, but all libraries are very similar - not all museums are. Given
the differences in perceived ethics between libraries and museums, as well,
I think the void is gaping. I used to work as a librarian in my youth, so I
am not against libraries.
> From: Andy Russel[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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> Sent: 12 March 2001 18:49
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> Subject: Re: FREE ADMISSION TO NATIONAL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES -Reply
> > Of course, things are different in our brave new world.
> I was speaking to an ex-County Archaeologist the other day who said the
> worst thing that happened to his service was to be amalgamated with the
> Here in Southampton the brave new world is going to try putting libraries,
> art gallery, museums and archaeology in with education. Has anyone
> experience of such a conjunction? It could be fruitful as we consider much
> of our archaeology work to be 'educational', but of course it no longer
> much of a part to play in the national curriculum.
> But... if it all becomes statutory then there might be a level playing