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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 also find the latest information on our Twitter account.

E-update for London’s Museums – 06 July 2020

The new guidance on reopening museums has been published by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group. AIM has worked with the national Museum Development Network to produce a related and accompanying checklist to this new guidance. You can find the Guidance, and the Checklist, on AIM’s website here. If you would like help or advice with reopening, do contact your MDO. The Government has also recently clarified how organisations are expected to support the NHS Test and Trace. You can find further information on Test and Trace on the Gov.uk website.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund can now also be used to help organisations reopen after the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. NLHF are also encouraging organisations funded by them more than 10 years ago to apply, as well as those funded by them more recently. Detailed information for the Heritage Emergency Fund, including who they will and will not be able to fund, as well as what they will and will not fund can be found here for the £3,000 - £50,000 stream and found here for the £50,000 - £250,000 stream. The fund will now close for applications on Friday 31 July. The NLHF has created a helpful PDF with relevant applicant information and guidance videos for organisations thinking of applying to their emergency fund. If you were unsuccessful with an application to the ACE emergency funding, you are still able to submit an application for the NLHF’s ‘Heritage Emergency Fund’, provided you meet their eligibility criteria. To check that you meet the NLHF’s eligibility criteria, please see who they will and will not be able to fund on their website.

The Government has announced a £1.5 billion funding package for the Arts and Culture sector. Full details of the funding are yet to be released, but the support package will help to protect the futures of UK museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural venues. It includes a £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England, made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million in grants. There will be £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust and £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects, paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find further information on the Gov.uk website and on the BBC.

ACE has announced that their National Lottery Project Grants will be re-opening from 22 July, with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021. They will be making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. Further details and guidance will be published soon, find more information on their website.

With the Government announcing updated guidance and easing of lockdown restrictions, the Mayor of London, City Hall Culture team and their partners are looking at ways in which they can help people feel safe and confident in supporting their local cinemas, museums, galleries and other cultural spaces. They would like to know if you have plans to re-open on 4th July and are looking to share some of the unique stories from across the sector with the whole city as part of #LondonisOpen. If your organisation is planning to reopen on 4th July or in the weeks immediately after, please get in touch with them on [email protected]. Whilst they are looking to highlight and support those organisations who are able to reopen on 4th July, this has been and remains a hugely challenging time for culture in London. At City Hall they are working to support the sector and have set up a range of resources and support which can be found here. You can register with the Culture at Risk office to make sure that they can provide you with the right type of support and keep you up to date with news on resources, funds and guidance. You can register on their website.

You can now find the recordings of our series of training sessions on using social media, with a focus on the challenges of Covid-19. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to click the notification button to be notified of when we release new videos, such as a recording of our ‘Planning for Reopening’ session, led by Ben Melham. You can find more information about our upcoming online training sessions on our training pages.

The national Museum Development Network is working in partnership with the Art Fund on recovery grants for museums. The Art Fund is contributing £280,000 UK-wide to a partnership with the Museum Development Network, which will help smaller museums at serious risk. Details of how the programme will operate in the London region will be made available on our website soon. Further information about the partnership as a whole can be found on the Art Fund’s website.

The Art Fund has also released information on their new stream of funding, ‘Respond and Reimagine grants’. These new grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. The Respond and Reimagine grants offer funding from £10,000 to £50,000, with a deadline for round one applications of Monday 06 July. Currently the second round has a deadline of Monday 17 August and the third round a deadline of Monday 12 October. For further information about these grants, including who can apply and what they will fund, please visit their website.

We will continue to offer one-to-one advice to museums and specialist support on Organisational Health, Audiences, Digital Technologies and Collections. You can find the relevant MDO contact information for those specialist areas on our website.

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-news: 06 July 2020 (PDF 306kb, 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).