Museums Summit

A half-day international conference considering the political, social, and economic impact of museums on the world of 2014.

Diana and Callisto by Titian, 1556-1559 © National Gallery

Diana and Callisto by Titian, 1556-1559

Download our report from the 2014 Museums Summit – watch this space for information about our 2015 event.

Invaluable? The value of museums in a world of prices​

The idea that museums and their collections are 'valuable' underpins all the work of the Art Fund – a guiding belief that access for everyone to great art is something worth paying and fighting for. But what kinds of value, precisely, do museums have – and do we need to get better at measuring and demonstrating this? That is what we will explore in our afternoon summit, by:

  • Exploring the economic value of museums through the keynote speech and the following discussion.
  • Considering the role of the museum in telling a national story and demonstrating the heritage of a particular culture, through a convened discussion between the directors of two very different international museums.
  • Debating the potential for museums to create social change in a particular region, through talks from individuals with key experience in using museums to help regenerate or maintain UK cities and areas.


Wednesday 9 July 2014

1.30pm Registration

2-5.30pm Museums Summit

National Gallery, London

Download the full programme.

If you would like to join us, drop an email to stating your name, phone number and email address. The summit is free to attend, but you must RSVP to get your name on the list. Tickets are limited – first come, first served.

Enquiries: 020 7225 4861