Forward Planning: A Handbook of Business, Corporate and Development Planning for Museums and Galleries

Forward Planning: A Handbook of Business, Corporate and Development Planning for Museums and Galleries

Forward Planning: A Handbook of Business, Corporate and Development Planning for Museums and Galleries

Forward Planning: A Handbook of Business, Corporate and Development Planning for Museums and Galleries

Synopsis

Forward planning is esential for most organizations, but especially so for museums and heritage bodies, with responsibilities stretching forward to infinity. Forwrd Planning provides a complete basic guide, from the principles on which planning is founded, through drawing up the plan itself, implementation and monitoring, through to the wider potentials that good planning permits. All the contibutors to the book speak from wide practical experience. A full bibliography and suggestions for further reading are included.

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The Rt Hon. Tim Renton, MP
Minister for the Arts

I believe that every museum should have a clear written plan which sets out its objectives and methods. In this way, an important but fundamental step is made to prepare for the future.

This should not be undertaken just to satisfy funding bodies; the production of such a plan is in itself an activity which can help in many ways. First, and most importantly, it marries the highest philosophical goals to the practical actions necessary to achieve them. It expresses the vision and then says how this is to be achieved. Secondly, the process of writing the plan is an act of self-exploration and self-organisation which can be quite dramatically enlightening, providing an underlying rationale and a confidence in all later decision-making.

Lastly, whether your organisation is large or small-museum, gallery, arts organisation, leisure or heritage centre-the preparation of a plan needs to involve all activities and every level of staff employed. It is a way of bringing your team together with a sense of common purpose and a realisation that ambitious goals can be achieved.

For all these reasons I welcome this publication and thank and congratulate all those who have contributed to it.

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