Mr Duncan Robinson, former Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, delivered the 2007 Isaiah Berlin Lecture. In this edited extract he describes some of the challenges that museums face today.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, Issue 11 (July 2008).
In the last issue [No. 10, 2007], Professor John Kay FBA reported on a British Academy review of the impact that copyright has on research in the humanities and social sciences. Here he brings us up to date with an important collaboration with the Publishers Association which is designed to clarify the legal complexities for authors and publishers.
This lecture series was endowed through a bequest from Sir Isaiah Berlin FBA. The lecture is intended to appraise the contemporary condition of any one of the fields of learning with which the Academy is concerned. The lecture was first delivered in 2001.
Jérôme Adda and Francesca Cornaglia discuss a more precise way of measuring the impact
of smoking bans on passive smoking, and report some surprising conclusions. (Dr Cornaglia gave a presentation on this topic at the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium in April 2008.)