Another mad day at work. Impossible to keep up with emails, meetings are on the hoof, there's a hundred and one things that need doing, seemingly all at the same time. It's getting a bit ridiculous, but at least I'm enjoying it. Still.
Anyway, finished off the day hosting a dinner for a British museums delegation. Always nice to learn more about interesting museums that aren't from London: The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, The Lightbox in Woking, Bury Art Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield... to name a few. And yes, The Geffrye Museum, V&A and Courtauld from the capital. They've been here a week, as part of our Connections Through Culture programme, setting up relationships with regional museums in north China (Xi'an, Shenyang, Tianjin and Taiyuan), and ending with a seminar on museum design here in Beijing. Some good stuff seems to have come out of it: potential strategic partnerships, exchange of exhibitions, swapping staff... If the lingo sounds a bit corporate, the reality is that it really does seeem to work.