Thursday, December 20, 2007

British Council to disband specialist departments

In The Daily Telegraph, Richard Dorment laments the news that the British Council is set to close many of its specialist departments including those dealing with film, drama and literature.
Earlier this year the executive board abolished all the advisory panels - the writers, curators, museum directors and musicians who freely gave their professional advice and expertise to the council. Now the staff are being reorganised to focus on the following areas: "Progressive Facilitation", "Market Intelligence Network", "Knowledge Transfer Function" and "Modern Pioneer". If you have no idea what that gobbledygook management speak means, don't worry: neither does anyone else. All we do know is that the council will no longer deliver the arts internationally, and that this will happen when the thirst for British arts has never been greater. What an incalculable loss.


  1. Hi Tom,

    You have a good blog for the union here. Do you mind please if I add it to the UK union blog network/directory

    This site scans union blogs hourly (currently 75 of them) and publishes a page and an RSS feed of links directly into their posts, so subscribers can stay up to date with lots of union blogs at once.

    Please let me know if this is okay here, or at

  2. Hi John,

    No problem - feel free to add this blog to tigmoo.


  3. Thanks Tom - will do it now. Happy new year! cheers, John


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