Poverty, corruption and inequality are endemic. But can and should museums be agents of social change? This session will explore how museums in the U.K. have grappled with the concept of social impact and how far museums can go in tackling society’s ills. Speakers will debate the core purpose of museums. Is the role of museums to preserve, conserve and save collections for future generations? Or should we be using our objects, skills and resources to make a difference in people’s lives?


  • David Anderson
  • Jocelyn Dodd
  • Margaret Appleton