Thoughts on a museum/library changing to volunteer led (from supported/paid)

Surprisingly I recent hear that the Museum of Cambridge (UK) was going from a supported museum to a volunteer led museum (and all staff were let go right before Christmas…).  Having seen this for years in the library sector, and reading yet another article on Museum of Cambridge I decided to ask the following question on Facebook and Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944200337921138688

This brought a few conversations around the use of volunteers (which also relates to libraries), the responsibility of the council/government all the way to the future of museums.

With Storify closing, I wanted to capture the conversations so here are the tweets:

NB:  There were only 7 votes on Facebook – all saying it was a bad idea.

 

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944209186111606784

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944213647496286208

https://twitter.com/CrackleSays/status/944220214102822912

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944203162289917952

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944204766325993472

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944217077900021760

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944203305118511104

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944213647496286208

https://twitter.com/CrackleSays/status/944220214102822912

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944209573031837696

https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944211469205467137

https://twitter.com/LornaOB/status/944214048664702977

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