Big Idea: David Fleming, "Museums for Social Justice"
Governance and Leadership
Washington State Convention Center  Tuesday, May 20  1:45-3 p.m.     6BC 
Many museums today play a role that is vastly different from their traditional role. They are more engaged with audiences, more socially aware, and, in some cases, more political. What has given rise to this change? Will museums and their role in social equality take on more prominence in the future? How political is the modern museum and does this pose a threat or opportunity? Examples of these roles from museums around the world and their implications for museum practice will be highlighted.

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool (NML), will discuss how modern museums around the world have evolved to become more engaged with audiences, more socially aware and more political.

Fleming became director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001, overseeing a major modernization that has transformed the institution into a leading example of inclusivity. National Museums Liverpool audiences have more than quadrupled during that time, rising from around 700,000 to more than 3.2 million per year. He has been responsible for the creation of two new museums in Liverpool: the Museum of Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.

Fleming is a former president and current vice president of the UK Museums Association. He has served on several government committees and task forces, sits on a number of boards and governing bodies, and is a visiting professor of museum studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and special advisor to the Museum of Democracy, Rosario, Argentina. He has published extensively and has lectured worldwide on museum management and leadership, city history museums, social inclusion, human rights and politics.


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