The role that museums and galleries have played in British society and economy has changed dramatically in the years since free admission was introduced across all of the national museums. Advances in technology have been even greater agents of change. As a lawyer it was very exciting to be involved with this collision of art, history, copyright and cutting-edge technology.
Head of Museums & Galleries group
Opening up the National Gallery for art lovers around the world.
The National Gallery has always had a mandate to encourage the widest possible access to its unique collection of art. This year it pushed open its doors even wider when it became part of the highly anticipated Google Art Project. Google Art takes the company’s Street View technology into many of the world’s most prestigious galleries. Online viewers can now enjoy panoramic tours of the National Gallery and high-resolution images of some of its collection, including Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’. The project is a hot topic in the sector with a mass of interest and opinion. Our Museums & Galleries group advised the National Gallery in its negotiations with Google.