Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:30 am
THINK TANK: The Deaccessioning Dilemma: How Can We Support Standards AND Museums in Crisis?
The recent actions of the Berkshire Museum, and reaction to them, demonstrate that there is a wide range of opinion in the museum field when it comes to the applicability of professional standards, especially those concerning deaccessioning. On the one hand, deaccessioning rules promulgated by national associations hold the field to high standards that contribute to accountability and public trust. On the other, museums sometimes succumb to the temptation of selling objects in order to address financial setbacks, embark on new initiatives, build endowment, or other activities proscribed by museum field ethics. How can our field support both the standards AND keep museums from being tempted by monetizing their collections? Help us find solutions in this dynamic “think tank” session where YOUR ideas are essential. Session results will be published in the December New England Museums Now.
Facilitators: Dan Yaeger, Executive Director, New England Museum Association; Laurie P. Lamarre, Executive Director, Connecticut League of History Organizations; Kenneth Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England, MA; Lawrence Yerdon, President & CEO, Strawbery Banke Museum, NH; Edith Tonelli, Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA; Laura B. Roberts, Principal, Roberts Consulting, MA; Phillippa Pitts, Associate Educator for Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media, Portland Museum of Art, ME