Survive and Thrive

The Survive and Thrive programme is for Museums opting to do a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of their business needs.

This process gives museums intensive support from MDOs and trained peers to identify areas for improvement, and the funding to act upon and address them. The support provided goes well beyond the level of the new business framework, and remains an important opportunity for all types of museums to strengthen ahead of challenges such as continued cuts in public funding and steadily reducing opportunities for trust funding. We will support four museums through the programme – two in 2018-20 and two in 2020-22 – and £4,000 per service will be available to implement improvements identified by going through the process.

Applications open Monday 11 June 2018, closing deadline 5pm Monday 23 September 2018

Survive and Thrive is a tried and tested programme that supports museums to improve their financial sustainability and capacity to respond to change. Two museums will be offered an opportunity to review their operations, through a facilitated process of self-assessment and peer review in 2018-19. The process will identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Participants in the programme benefit from:

  • a one day inception and scoping workshop
  • a facilitated self-assessment programme of up to two days which will result in a clear list of areas for improvement
  • a one day on-site peer review to ensure the robustness of the final improvement plan.
  • funding of up to £4k per museum, available from April 2019, towards improvement projects.

    Download the Survive and Thrive application form (Word 90kb, opens in new tab). Download the Survive and Thrive Guidelines (Word 190kb, opens in new tab). Download the Survive and Thrive peer review toolkit 2011 (PDF 350kb, opens in new tab).
  • For more information about the 2018- 19 programme, please contact Yvette Shepherd, MDO Organisational Health:

    tel: 020 7001 9877 or mobile 07841 206 864. Email: [email protected]