Social Inclusion and Managerialism in Publicly Funded Museums in the UK

By Anwar Tlili.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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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.

Keywords: UK Publicly Funded Museums, Social Inclusion, Managerialism, Social Impact, Museum Profession

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 591.257KB).

Dr. Anwar Tlili

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London, London, UK

Anwar Tlili worked at the Centre for Learning and Teaching Sociology, Anthropology and Politics at University of Birmingham, and then at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. He is currently a member of the Centre for Public Policy Research in the Department of Education and Professional at King’s College London where he teaches and conducts research across a number of areas. He has carried out research and written about issues of equality and diversity in UK museums and science centres. Other research interests include current changes in museums as organizational and professional settings (in the context of a two-year project funded through a grant from the UK Economic and Social Science Research Council), museum ethics, cultural policies, philosophy of science and science and society.


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