Museums Policy Under Scrutiny In Guildhall

Session: 2008/2009

Date: 02 October 2008

Reference: CAL 06/08

The development of a museums policy was under scrutiny today as the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure (CAL) took evidence in the Guildhall.

The Committee is investigating the current strategic approach to museums services and is considering Departmental guidelines currently used in place of a formal policy.

Committee Chairperson Barry McElduff MLA, said, “The Committee is pleased to be visiting Derry and to be holding this meeting in the historic surroundings of the Guildhall.

“Museums play a vital role in our communities and it is important that we ensure that any policies brought forward provide for a joined up strategy that benefits the community in cultural, educational and economic terms.”

After the evidence taking session, the Committee visited the Tower Museum.

Commenting on the museum, Mr McElduff said, “The Committee was very pleased to be here in what is a very important cultural, educational and tourist facility. I am particularly pleased to see the way that the museum is preserving a record of local history and heritage in the North West.”

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