News from the team and the sector

The London Museum Development team will use this page to share the latest news and information about our activities. We will also update this page with a PDF version of our weekly newsletter, every Monday. You can find the latest information below and on our Twitter account. You can find recordings of our past training sessions and tutorials on our YouTube channel.

E-update for London’s Museums – 12 April 2021

Arts Council England have released a statement on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. You can read the statement from the Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, on their website.

As outlined in the ‘roadmap’ for England to move out of lockdown, museums will be able to reopen no earlier than the 17 May. The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ document, which outlines the plan in more detail. The move out of lockdown is reliant on four conditions which must be met before moving on a step – so these dates should be used as guides for the time being. Government has recently announced the Restart Grant scheme which supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The grants are available now through your local authorities and consist of either up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector (likely to reopen on 12th April) or up to £18,000 in the hospitality, museums, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors (likely to reopen from 17th May). You can find out more on the website and by contacting your local authority.

The National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) has updated the Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums it produced with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group. This guidance is for museums that are planning to open in line with the Government’s roadmap out of the current coronavirus restrictions. There is also a related and accompanying checklist to the (original) Guidelines produced by AIM working with Museum Development England. If you would like help or advice with reopening, do contact your MDO. Government guidance on how organisations are expected to support the NHS Test and Trace for staff, customers and visitors is available on the website.

With museums currently pondering strategies for reopening from the 17 May, Bernard Donoghue, Director of ALVA, spoke at our Director’s Forum last month on ‘Challenges and opportunities for London museums in 2021’. You can find a recording of Bernard’s presentation on our YouTube channel.

On 20 March the Mayor of London announced plans to invest £6m in a campaign to get people back into central London. The campaign includes a brand-new drive to attract visitors – including Londoners and tourists from the rest of the UK – back to hard-hit retail, hospitality and cultural venues. You can find out more on the website.

Arts Council England has announced the recipients of the Second Round of their Culture Recovery Fund. Congratulations to London’s Charles Dickens Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum Trust, Freud Museum London, Fulham Palace, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Jewish Museum London, London Museum of Water & Steam, London Transport Museum, Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, Society of Antiquaries, The Brunel Museum, The Cartoon Art Trust, The Charterhouse, The Foundling Museum and The Garden Museum. You can find further information about the grant awards, including a full list of recipients, on ACE’s website.

Arts Council England’s relaunched National Lottery Project Grants have been designed to help fund organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. New supplementary guidance for museums can be found on their website. In addition, the relaxation of the need for 10% match funding has been extended until 31 August 2021, so if you don’t have the full 10% expected (or any match funding at all), you’ll still be able to apply. Further details about the National Lottery Project Grants can be found below and in this video.

Arts Council England has published their Delivery Plan for 2021 – 2024. ACE’s strategy, Let’s Create, describes their vision that, by 2030, England will be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. To help ACE achieve this vision, they will publish a series of Delivery Plans over the next decade. These will set out in more detail the steps they will take to deliver Let’s Create and how they will resource them. The first Delivery Plan covers 2021-24, and you can find it on their website.

We have now started advertising the Skills Plus sessions for our 2021 – 2022 programme. We have just advertised a new session on ‘Museums and Communities in the Earth Crisis’, which will give you an overview of the climate and ecological crisis, and how it is impacting on London's communities.

We will continue to offer one-to-one advice to museums from their local MDO and specialists on Organisational Health, Audiences, Digital Technologies and Collections. You can find the support you need on this page.

E-Update for London Museums

Information about emergency funding and other support packages is contained in our weekly newsletter available to download below. We publish this newsletter every Monday afternoon.

E-Update 12 April 2021 (320kb, opens in new tab).

Covid-19 resources and information

We have created a PDF document which useful links and resources about collections care, security and other issues such as business continuity, audiences and digital. We will update as the PDF as regularly as possible.

Covid-19 Resources and Information (PDF 214kb, opens in new tab).