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).
On 16 June 2008 the British Academy held a workshop to discuss the significance of the ‘Governance of Britain’ constitutional reform programme introduced by Gordon Brown shortly after becoming Prime Minister, and the associated ‘Constitutional Renewal’ package produced in March 2008. The meeting was all the more timely because Parliament’s Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill was currently at work. Dr Andrew Blick, who produced a discussion paper for the workshop, highlights some of the issues.
Dr Ross Alloway recounts a nineteenth-century tale of easy money and reckless speculation. (He gave a presentation on this topic at the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium in April 2008.)
The British Academy has published a facsimile of the Winchester Troper, an eleventh-century manuscript held by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Professor Susan Rankin discusses its origins and explains why it has an iconic status in the history of English music.