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DEA BIRKETT Who should fill the culture seat?

Whoever was the victor in yesterday’s poll, we will almost certainly have a new Secretary of State for Culture. Dea Birkett has the job description There’s one outcome from this coming election that ...

DEA BIRKETT Look at it that way

The arts tend to preach to the converted, thinks Dea Birkett, when in the real world they should be challenging How free are the arts to take a stand? I was recently trying to pitch a television documentary, ...

DEA BIRKETT Out of our class

The classroom is
not the first place of learning, and it’s time the importance of informal education was acknowledged, says Dea Birkett Why are we so obsessed with school? When we talk about learning ...

DEA BIRKETT The wagging finger writes

Museums can be fun, says Kids in Museums director Dea Birkett, as long as you do as you’re told At a conference this week to promote the ben- e ts of schools accessing museums, a teacher described ...

DEA BIRKETT Keep your brief… brief

Dea Birkett, director of Kids in Museums, prefers manifestos to be minifestos – like the Museums Association’s Manifestos are marvellous. The best declare a great vision at the same time as focusing ...