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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 – 22 July 2021

Cultural Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced details on the final £300 million of the Government's record-breaking £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to support organisations in the run up to fuller reopening and beyond. Almost £220 million of this funding will be available to boost organisations that have received Culture Recovery Fund grants already - through the Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support programme - while also providing funding to those that haven't, and are at imminent risk of failure, through the Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support programme. Funding will be distributed by Arms Length Bodies, including the Arts Council, protecting organisations around the country for future generations. The aim of the funding is to help organisations prepare to reopen and return to full capacity, while building a sustainable financial future by providing much needed support through to the end of the year.

Arts Council England has launched a new fund for organisations at imminent risk of failure to support them until the end of the year. Organisations who were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience are able to apply. The grant range is between £25,000 and £3million (£1 million for for-profit organisations). Applications are subject to permission to apply being granted. Permission to apply requests will be accepted from 8 July 2021. Application Open Date: 12pm (midday), 12 July 2021. Application Deadline: 12pm (midday), 30 September 2021. Please read the guidance for applicants for full details of the dates and eligibility criteria.

ALVA Voluntary Guidance for maintaining social distancing and other measures post-19 July

Recent Visitor sentiment research, commissioned by ALVA shows that a significant majority (75%) of the visitor-attraction-going UK public are not yet ready for social distancing and other measures to be removed or eased even as the Government allows easing to occur. ALVA has produced sector-wide guidance for when restrictions are lifted on 19 July. UK visitor attractions have decided to be guided by their visitors’ own sentiment and levels of caution and, at their discretion, to maintain the following, beyond the 19 July, and until the end of August (to be reviewed): Maintain reduced capacity at sites in order to avoid crowds; Maintain the requirement for visitors to book at most times, especially at weekends, whilst also allowing some time slots to be available for ‘walk-ups’; Maintain social distancing on site, though this may be reduced to 1m rather 2m; and to keep the requirement for visitors to wear a face mask indoors unless a visitor is exempt from wearing one.

NMDC Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums

On 19th July 2021 the government lifted the remaining mandatory Covid-19 restrictions in England. After this date museums may wish to retain some measures voluntarily depending on their local context, audience / staff response and operational requirements. If doing so, museums should ensure that this is clearly communicated to visitors and staff. NMDC Good Practice Guidelines have been updated to reflect the newly published Events and Attractions Guidance for Step 4. 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. 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.

Diversity Matters Grants Programme – Now open

Our Diversity Matters programme will encourage museums to embrace Arts Council England's Inclusivity and Relevance Investment Principle. This is about ensuring the creative and cultural sector better reflects and serves all communities across England. It is a commitment to achieving greater fairness, access and opportunity and builds on the Creative Case for Diversity. Museum Development London’s Year 4 Diversity Matters Programme Grants is now open. Museum Development London has £9,000 (3 grants of £3,000) to allocate to London’s non-national museums in 2021-2022. Given recent global events and last year’s Black Lives Matters movement, this year’s programme will once again focus on enabling museums to work with ethnic minority artists/groups. MDL would welcome an application and encourage your museum to apply to our Diversity Matters Programme grant for 2021-2022. Further information about the programme, criteria, as well as Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form can be found on our website. Application deadline is 5.00pm on Monday 6 September 2021. Please note applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

We have now started advertising further Skills Plus sessions for our 2021 – 2022 programme.

We have just advertised new sessions on Collections Policy; Procedures and Planning for Accreditation; An Introduction to Evaluation; How to Run a Focus Group; HVG Inspire event for Volunteer Managers; Making the case: advocating the work of your museum and archive; Roots and Branches Literacy Training; Assessing your museum’s digital capacity.

London Heritage Volunteer Awards 2021 (LHVA)

London Heritage Volunteering Group is proud to launch the London Heritage Volunteer Awards 2021. Anyone who has volunteered in a London heritage site at any time over the past two calendar years (1st June 2019 to 1st August 2021) can be nominated for a LHVA. Further information and guidance can be found here.

Closing date 01 August, 5pm.

The latest DCMS Coronavirus bulletin can be found here.

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.

e-news 220721 (2078kb, 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).