I am currently on the National Arts Fundraising School. Thinking about museums and why people and organisations should fund them. I wrote this.
What do Museums do for People?
We tell their stories.
We inspire them to create.
We encourage them to explore.
We listen to their stories.
We teach them interesting things.
We give them freedom to play.
We show them unique and special objects.
We help them tell others their stories.
We show them common objects in a different light.
We ask them to think.
We encourage them to share what they learn and what they like.
We challenge their perceptions.
We spark their emotions.
We learn from people because they teach us amazing things.
and longer and somehow it sounds a bit dull (probably a bit too classic mission-statementy)…
We collect from the past and the present, making objects and their stories accessible to people now, so they can learn, enjoy themselves, and be inspired.
So maybe that forms part of the case for support for museums generally. Now I have to work out what MY museum does that is unique.