Social Inclusion and Managerialism in Publicly Funded Museums in the UK

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This paper will discuss the UK policy framework of social inclusion and the ways in which it is mapped onto a regime of accountability in publicly funded museums in the UK, as social inclusion work in museums is now embedded in and mediated by the managerialist ethos that is reconfiguring the mode of governing and coordinating public sector organisations in the UK, including publicly funded museums. I will unpack the UK Government’s vision of what museums can do to contribute to tackling social exclusion, and outline and discuss the government-driven social inclusion policies towards publicly funded museums as well as the managerialist culture that has been gaining ground in framing the mode of governance of publicly funded museums, and the ways in which it interrelates with social inclusion. I will then move on to discuss the implications, possibilities, challenges and tensions that follow from the embedding of the UK Government’s version of social inclusion in the managerialist governance of museums.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9 - 17
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of the Inclusive Museum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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