The Faculty of Science at Macquarie University has decided to discontinue the museum studies program by phasing it out over the next two years.
If you regard professional education and training as a critical issue for the museum sector, this is disturbing news. Although we are in the midst of Australia’s Educational Revolution at a time when national cultural policy is under scrutiny, we are seeing cuts not only to this excellent museum studies program but also to the music department at the Australian National University. What’s going on?
Not only is the program an important stepping stone for current and future museum professionals, it provides mutually beneficial support to museums large and small through internships and projects. The annual tour of regional and community museums exposes students to the great work of smaller museums and galleries in the regions.
The students have set up a Save Museum Studies at Macquarie Group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/367158740007042/ and a #SaveMSMQ hash tag for Twitter posts. Posts mentioning @museumsatmq will also draw attention to the issue. Even though I'm not a Facebook fan, I’ve joined the Facebook group and have contributed personal comments. If you feel the same way as I do, I encourage you to join the group to register your support. Please encourage others to join as well.
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