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 – 21 September 2020

Last week the government announced new Covid-19 measures, which took effect on Monday 14 September. You can find further information about the new measures on the gov.uk website, including an outline of the ‘rule of six’ and that it is now mandatory for organisations to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data (to be kept for 21 days). The NMDC has updated their Good Practice Guidelines to reflect the recent changes, you can find further information about this guidance and the AIM and Museum Development Network’s accompanying checklist below. The situation may change as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the UK, so it is important to keep an eye on the news and the Gov.uk website for the latest information.

Arts Council England’s relaunched National Lottery Project Grants have been designed to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. New supplementary guidance for museums can be found on their website. Further details about the National Lottery Project Grants can be found in our weekly newsletter. You can also find a recording of the refresher session on Project Grants, delivered by ACE’s Sue Barnard, Senior Relationship Manager and Mirka Kotulicova, Relationship Manager, Museums, on our YouTube channel.

The final round of the Art Fund's ‘Respond and Reimagine grants’ is open. 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. The third and final round has 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.

AIM has worked with the national Museum Development Network to produce an accompanying checklist to the museum reopening guidance, published by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group. 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 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.

We have added a number of new training session recordings to our YouTube channel. These include ‘Planning for Alternative Futures’, ‘Making a basic digital interactive’, ‘Video Editing’ and a series of training sessions on using social media. You can also get the code for the ‘Planning for the future of volunteer management’ training session by emailing us directly. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to click the notification button to be notified of when we release new videos. You can also find a recording of the ‘Planning for Reopening’ session, led by Ben Melham and the Creating a Family Friendly Environment. You can find more information about our upcoming online training sessions on our training pages.

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-news: 21 September 2020 (PDF 374kb, 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).