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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 newsletter, once a fortnight. 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 | 25 May 2022

The e-update is usually published fortnightly, every second Wednesday. Kindly note that there will be a brief pause in newsletter circulation. The next e-update will be released on 22 June 2022.

Museum Development London launches 2022-2023 Grant Programmes

The Museum Development London Team is delighted to announce a number of exciting grant opportunities for London’s non-National museums that are Accredited or recognised as Working Towards Accreditation:

1.Re-set grants programme – This programme will help museums 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.Further to self-assessment and analysis 4 small grants of up to a maximum of £3,000 will be available to successful participants. Further information about this programme, criteria, as well as Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form can be found on our website here.

2.Diversity Matters Grants Programme – This programme will help museums to work with ethnic minority artists/groups. Museums can apply for one of 3 small grants of up to a maximum of £2,000. Further information about this programme, criteria, as well as Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form can be found on our website here.

Application deadline is 5.00pm on Monday 4 July 2022. Please note applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

Museums + Heritage Awards

Closing the first Museums + Heritage Show since the pandemic was the Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony. The Museums + Heritage Awards committee had the following to say: “Huge congratulations to those who won. And a massive well done to the fantastic highly commended entries and the inspiring shortlistees. We were blown away by your creativity and talents, and as a sector we should be extremely proud. Here's to another 12 months of extraordinary ambition and achievement in museums and heritage!” In London, the Foundling Museum won the award for Learning Programme of the Year, and the Museum of Homelessness took the Temporary/Touring Exhibition of the Year award with their Secret Museum. The Imperial War Museum was recognised for their WWII and Holocaust Galleries, which won both Permanent Exhibition of the Year, and Marketing and Communications Campaign of the Year. Read the full list of award winners, as well as those shortlisted and highly commended, on the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist published

According to the Museums Journal, this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist features four English venues and one in Wales.
The five-strong shortlist is:

  • Derby Museums, Museum of Making
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
  • People’s History Museum, Manchester
  • The Story Museum, Oxford
  • Tŷ Pawb (Everyone's House), Wrexham

The winning museum will be announced at the Design Museum in London on 14 July and will receive £100,000. The other four shortlisted museums will each receive £15,000. Art Fund director Jenny Waldman, chair of this year’s judging panel, is quoted as saying “an abundance of applications to be Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 shows the creativity and resilience of museums right around the country, despite the immense challenges of the last two years”. Read the full Museums Journal coverage here.

Skills Plus Training: Roots and Branches Carbon Literacy Training

23 & 30 June 2022
Online
See the Museum Development London website for further details, and book your place here.

Digital storytelling with a collections focus

29th June; 6th July; 13th July 2022
Online
See the Museum Development London website for further details, and email [email protected] to register your interest.

Fusion Training: All the Right Moves

20th July 2022
MOLA, Mortimer Wheeler House
See the Museum Development London website for further details, and book your place here.

E-Update for London Museums

Information about the latest funding developments, sector news, and other support packages is contained in our weekly newsletter available to download below.

e-news 25052022 (721kb, 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).

The most recent DCMS Coronavirus bulletin can be found here (109kb, opens in new tab). DCMS has stopped sending the bulletin on a regular basis, and will only send further bulletins if there are significant updates to report.