Archive for September, 2013

There are going to be further redundancies at the Museum of London (MoL). In order to balance its slashed budget, the museum’s getting rid of its entire oral history and community workforce (via @lornarichardson).
(more…)

Radical Education Collective worker and (Slovenian) Moderna Galerija curator Bojana Piškur and Škart Collective worker Djordje Balmazović have conducted a Workers’ Inquiry (which Vanja Savić translated), which has found ‘deteriorating economic circumstances and working conditions’, ‘declining control over the reproduction and distribution of their ideas, knowledge and commodities’, and sometimes violent political pressure (via Art Leaks (@Art_Leaks)).
(more…)

History@Work recently held a round table on Unpaid Internships: A Foot in the Door or a Step Backward? I don’t want to go through everything all over again, I just want to highlight two things…
(more…)

Following on from the past two posts, here, I want to highlight how difficult the situation was (or could be) before the crisis. Still, in this post, I also want to consider how the industry is coping now and how established cultural heritage workers advise new (would-be) entrants to the profession.
(more…)

Following on from the previous post on the prospects of new (would-be) museum workers, I cannot not respond to some museum workers’ arguments for perseverance and positivity.
(more…)

Seven months ago, an anonymous would-be museum worker (a graduate of the MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester) plaintively appealed for their colleagues to ‘[s]top pretending there are jobs when there aren’t’.
(more…)

One of the things that I haven’t looked at much, but that I would like to look at more, is the experience of the crisis (or, more correctly, the experience of precarity). (As a dear friend corrected me recently, he wasn’t a victim of the crisis – yet – he was simply a person in Italy.)
(more…)