Friday, 26 March 2010

Flemings Folly-Liverpools New Museum, One Disaster after Another.

Now Fuzzy Felt Fleming with Professional Scouser Dr Phil Redmond in tow is to make swinging cuts to the loyal staff at NML. .  That is those who have not already been made redundant, and there are many. As NML has already culled off a lot of staff, or made it too difficult for a lot of those loyal staff to comprimise their principles so they have have left. Alexis Redmond, Phil’s wife does the finances…badly…at NML, and it is now for sure that Flemings Folly the new museum that they are trying to sell us, has drained the resourses to such an extent that the staff are now to bear the brunt of the cuts.

I received an anonymous letter from a member of staff at NML stating that the staff will no longer be able to wear badges with their names on, so much for the art of communication.
It goes on to finish.” Just another week in the mad/maddening world of NML as administered by David Fleming.
Flem blames the government for these cuts stating the institution was like thousands of publicly funded organisations facing cut backs.

He said NML was braced for bad news, but that he would not allow budget cuts to stop the institution from running the best museums in the country.
The opening the new Museum of Liverpool at Mann Island will be one of NML’s key priorities when making decisions on spending, the briefing note states.
As a general principle, there will be a recruitment freeze, although managers will be able to lobby the executive team if they feel a post is crucial.
“Managers will need to consider whether the post could be covered on reduced hours,” the note states.
“Like almost every public sector organisation facing these uncertainties, we will need to work with the unions to look at the feasibility of voluntary redundancy and early retirement policy.”
There will also be opportunities for staff to request part time, flexible working, a career break or unpaid sabbatical.
“We anticipate that following the next General Election, in common with all publicly funded organisations, we will face a difficult time,” the note states. “There are indications that we should expect a significant cut to our budgets during the period 2010 to 2014.
“We need to prepare ourselves for cutbacks and put measures in place to manage expenditure and at the same time deliver our strategic objectives.”
It states that NML is determined to continue growing its audience growth.
Last night, Dr Fleming said: “We are one of thousands of publicly-funded organisations nationwide likely to face cuts to our budgets.
“It is very difficult to predict what may happen when the next round of grants is announced, but clearly the public sector can expect bad news.
“It would very naive of National Museums Liverpool to assume that our grant will remain at the same level.
“That’s why it makes sense for us to prepare for challenging times ahead.
“We want to safeguard jobs as far as we are able, and we want to enable as many people as possible to continue to enjoy the marvellous cultural and educational opportunities offered by our museums.”
What a disgrace he fails to mention that they have just paid £750,000 of the museums money to a property developer next to the new museum………how very convenient and how unloyal to those staff who he has not already upset  During this interview he said: "Why is it that most curators and museum staff are completely dysfunctional in normal society?

Just who does he think he is how can you upset the staff like this.
So the new dawn of a new museum is destroying the institution that was.

Some recent PR disasters by his Feltness.

Redmond said in the local press yesterday.
“The new Museum of Liverpool is not a ‘Museum of Scouseology’, but the only new national and international one outside a capital city.
“The 2.8m visitors to NML in 2008 had an economic impact of £120m.
“While 45% of our visitors are from Merseyside, that means 55% are not.
“In terms of visitor spend, they are more valuable, especially as 10% of those are international.
“To me, that’s a really good and interesting profile.”
NML is practically the elephant in the city region tourism enclosure, so big and long-term is its presence.
It spreads down William Brown Street with the Walker Gallery and World Museum, along the waterfront with the Mersey Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and new Museum of Liverpool and into Wirral with the Lady Lever Gallery.
He reckons there is even room for one more between the new Museum and the Albert Dock.
“We have national museums in Liverpool and national museums outside Liverpool,” said Prof Redmond.
“We do not celebrate that enough. The new museum encapsulates how this particular city played such a crucially interesting role in the modern world.
“We have more to tell than just celebrating the Grand National or the Kop.
“Going back to the first dock in 1707, we revolutionised sea trade and it’s about explaining this strange place we came to occupy in the world.
“The decision to build the museum in that waterfront position reflects that history.
“We went for a memorable shape, which was the brave and right thing to do.
“This is called the ‘Bilbao effect’ as that Spanish city, which is very similar to Liverpool, was the first to revive itself with an iconic new museum.
“My other focus as chairman is to make sure the International Slavery Museum is not only about social justice, but about he fact that slavery still exists.”
When completed in 2011, the waterfront museums’ “cultural offer” will be equivalent to London’s South Kensington museum range, he believes.
“The waterfront museums are linked to the adjacent hotels, Arena and Convention Centre,” said Prof Redmond.
“We’ve got to work together to sell the brand, as we’re a cold-water, northern city.
“We have to market ourselves in a different way.
“People who come to see the football generally aren’t going to visit the museums.
“But those who visit Aintree might do. It’s what I call ‘dwell time’.
“If you come to shop, arrive four hours earlier and do something else.
“By being smart, we convert £30-spend-a-head visitors into £45 ones.”

So how come he told me in front of Tristram Hunt that it should have been built in Birkenhead?

Today Sudley House part of NML opens a exhibition of jelly moulds………it just sums it all up really our once proud institution is now dumbed down to Hollyoaks culture.

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