Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06

Oral evidence session

Caring for our Collections

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced on 25 July a new inquiry into the heritage sector - Caring for our Collections. 

The Committee is particularly interested in the following issues:

• Funding, with particular reference to the adequacy of the budget for museums, galleries and archives, and the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on Lottery funding for their sector;

• Acquisition and disposal policies with particular reference to due diligence obligations on acquisition and legal restrictions on disposal of objects

• The remit and effectiveness of DCMS, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and other relevant organisations in representing cultural interests inside and outside Government.

The Committee will hold its first oral evidence session at the House of Commons in the Committee Room 15, Main Building on Tuesday 10 October at 10.00am. 

The witnesses will be:

At 10.00am - The Museums Association

At  10.30am - Mr Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum; Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Gallery; Mr Mark Jones, Director of the V&A