Re-Opening and Recovery

Museums Re-Opening and Museums Recovery Grants programmes

These grants are now closed.

We are aware that many London Museums are now planning whether and when to re-open. There will be considerable challenges both in terms of ensuring that appropriate measures, equipment and training are in place for a safe re-opening. There may also be a need to re-model audience profiles and business plans to address the ‘new normal’ post-Covid world.

We therefore launched two grants programmes designed to support museums towards sustainable re-opening, both of which are now closed for applications.

Museums Re-Opening Grants programme (closed)

Re-opening grants have been awarded to the following museums to help them to ensure that appropriate measures, equipment and training are in place for a safe re-opening:

  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  • Brent Museum and Archives
  • Dr Johnson’s House
  • Estorick Collection of Modern Art
  • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • The Freud Museum
  • The Society of Antiquaries of London

Museums Recovery Grants programme (£20k) supported by the Art Fund (closed)


This programme, generously supported by the Art Fund, was designed to help museums analyse and assess their current position and to identify priorities for activity to support post Covid recovery through a short, facilitated self-assessment process. Five London Museums were successful in applications to the Museums Recovery Grants programme.

The successful applicants were:

  • The Old Operating Theatre
  • The Freud Museum
  • Association of Anaesthetists Heritage Centre
  • Kingston Museum Service
  • Bruce Castle Museum
These successful museums will be supported to analyse and assess their current position and to identify priorities for activity to support post Covid recovery through a short, facilitated self-assessment process. Each museum will receive a grant to help them to address priorities identified through the programme.