Sunday, July 14, 2013
Time to Monetize Sicily's Cultural Heritage
While I disagree with Sicily's last minute demands for more money to save Cleveland's exhibition, Sicilian cultural officials should be commended for their candor-- it really is about the money. And that finally opens the door for Sicilian officials to think creatively about how to monetize Sicily's cultural heritage for the benefit of its own people. Loan fees, of course. But what about user fees for archaeologists? And why not adopt the old AAMD idea of selective deacquisition of duplicates in museum collections? Finally, I'd also suggest that Sicily consider adopting it's own version of the U.K. Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme with a twist. Coins that were returned to the finder for sale would be required to be put up for public auction in Sicily along with museum duplicates. Just think, if Sicilian authorities moved on this proposal quickly, an auction could even be scheduled to coincide with the upcoming International Numismatic Congress in beautiful Taormina.