Attractions industry news

30 Mar 2020

British Museum appoints Mary Beard to as trustee following government veto

The British Museum has named Mary Beard as its a new trustee, a move which comes less than a year on from the British government blocking her nomination because of her pro-European views.

Under its rules, of its 25 trustees, the museum can pick people, with Downing Street approving the rest. Made towards the end of Theresa May's Conservative government-run, The Observer reported that the decision to reject her initially has been because of her support for the EU, which she frequently expresses on social media.

Beard, who is and noted English scholar and classicist, and also a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, will take up the role for an initial period of four years. She joins the likes of Grayson Perry, Dame Vivian Hunt and Sir Richard Lambert on the Board of Trustees, which meets quarterly to consider issues of strategic significance for the museum.

"I have been a huge beneficiary of this and other museums in the country over the past 60 years," said Beard, speaking to The Observer. I'm delighted to be able to give something back."

Speaking to the Press Asssociation, a government source said that "the current administration is delighted to see Mary Beard appointed and has no reservations over her appointment, which should have happened sooner".

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Cultural Renewal Taskforce will re-energise leisure and recreation sector

Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, Sir Nicholas Serota and former BBC and ITV chief Lord Grade are among a new post-COVID-19 taskforce, aimed at getting the country’s leisure and recreation sector up and running again. [more...]

EU launches plan to refloat 'vibrant European tourism ecosystem'

The European Union has begun setting out measures to help member nations revive their tourism sectors, as national governments begin easing COVID-19 lockdown measures. [more...]

MPs write to chancellor demanding more support for tourism and hospitality

Nearly a hundred members of parliament (MP) have written a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak, asking the government to "do more" to protect the UK tourism and hospitality industry. [more...]

Tourism Society emergency meeting addresses impact of delayed lockdown on tourism industry

The Tourism Society scheduled an emergency meeting on Wednesday 15 April to discuss breaking news relating to lockdown timings. [more...]

Tourism industry must lead and inspire, says Ken Robinson

Coronavirus is devastating for the tourism and leisure sectors globally. For now, the focus is on business ‘discontinuity’, the impact of the pandemic on our employees and their families, whether and how companies will survive and when the viable resumption of activity will be possible. [more...]

Longleat's Lord Bath dies from COVID-19

The attractions industry has lost one of its personalities with the passing of Lord Bath, the owner of Longleat Safari Park in the UK, who died on Saturday 4 April aged 87 after contracting the coronavirus. [more...]

In brief:

London Transport Museum goes digital (and gives special offers on its amazing socks @bernarddonoghue) @ltmuseum [more...]
Mary Rose Museum faces £2.2m funding shortfall as chief calls for increased independent museum support during COVID-19 crisis @MaryRoseMuseum [more...]
British Museum appoints Mary Beard to as trustee following government veto over EU stance [more...]
TEA launches TEA Digital to keep attractions industry connected throughout COVID-19 outbreak @TEA_Connect [more...]
UK's DCMS Committee to hear from charities over impact of COVID-19 outbreak @CommonsDCMS [more...]
Public comes to zoo's aid following call for animal food donations @TropiquariaA [more...]
BALPPA moves annual expo to November [more...]
A team led by Feilden Fowles (@FeildenFowles) has won the National Railway Museum's (@railwaymuseum) competition run with Malcolm Reading Consultants (@malcolmreading) to design its new Central Hall with an elegant timber-frame rotunda. [more...]
Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours for more than 500 museums following closures @googlearts [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back