Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.
To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.
Museum reopening guidance – amendment to NMDC Good Practice Guidelines (9th July)
The guidance has been amended with more details around the NHS Test and Trace requirements for museums, fire risk assessment, Covid-secure premises, PPE and lip reading and clear communication.
Read our blog post here for the full list of guidance and resources around reopening.
MDNW reopening webinars
MDNW has teamed up with Ben Melham of Mortice Consulting, Kids in Museums and Disability Collaborative Network (DCN) to run a series of webinars to look in more detail at reopening museums safely and inclusively. These webinars follow on from our initial briefing session in early July with Emma Chaplin, Director of AIM, looking at the sector reopening guidance. A recording of this initial session will be available on our YouTube channel soon. The first webinar is on Tuesday 14th July.
Latest government information
Latest information and advice (10th July)
VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions (9th July)
Guidance on the temporary VAT cut for accommodation and attractions – from 15th July 2020 to 12th January 2021, to support businesses and jobs, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions across the UK.
A Plan for Jobs 2020 (8th July)
Job Retention Bonus – The government will introduce a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021. Employees must earn above the Lower Earnings Limit (£520 per month) on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021. Payments will be made from February 2021. Further detail about the scheme will be announced by the end of July.
£1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions (5th July)
Organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.
Kick-starting Tourism Package (3rd July)
£10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package for communities that depend on tourism. Funding will be distributed to communities immediately to kick start tourism in time for the summer as part of the government’s drive to boost the recovery of the economy. It will give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic.
Museum Development North West
Covid-19 Recovery Grants (7th July)
In a new partnership with Art Fund and Curious Minds, MDNW has launched its Covid-19 Recovery Grants programme to support North West museums with their recovery and reopening plans over the next 12 months.
There is £70,000 available to allocate in grants. A single Accredited museum or museum working towards Accreditation can apply for up to £7,500. A partnership of museums or a museum service with multiple Accredited sites can apply for up to £10,000. National Portfolio Organisations, national museums, English Heritage and National Trust properties are ineligible to apply, although they can be part of partnership bids.
The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 20th August 2020.
We will support museums around three key areas:
- Developing new sustainable offers
- Re-engaging audiences
- Effective reopening
Funding sources (7th July)
Updates our usual sources of grant funding list for museums, with details of responses from the funders to the COVID-19 situation, and indicates where standard funding streams are still running as usual and open for applications, or new funding streams have been introduced to respond to COVID-19.
Association of Independent Museums – Coronavirus resources
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including the latest research from ALVA on how visitors feel about returning to visitor and heritage attractions.
They also have pages on reopening guidance resources and recordings from their virtual conference in June, ‘Roads to Recovery’ .
DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (6th July) Coronavirus bulletin 20200706
National Lottery Heritage Fund – Extension to Heritage Emergency Fund (18th June)
Deadline has been extended and criteria broadened to support museums to recover and reopen. £50million to support the UK heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus crisis. Short-term funding for organisations to stabilise operations, manage unforeseen risks and help projects/sites to reopen and recover
Deadline is now 31st July but organisations can apply at any time.
Grants of between £3,000 to £50,000, and £50,000 to £250,000.
FAQs about the fund are being updated continually.
Places are still available through MDNW’s bid writing support to receive advice from Laura Drane for museums wanting to apply to NLHF’s Heritage Emergency Fund. To book one of the advice slots contact Alex Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Fund – Respond and Reimagine Grants
The second round of applications is now open for grants 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. Grants from £10,000-£50,000, Art Fund will consider offering 100% funding. Next deadline 17th August 2020. There will be a further round of applications with a deadline of 12th October.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund (6th July)
A total of £10million is available to UK charities, to provide core funding to offset lost income and help support them through the impact of Covid-19. There is a particular interest in supporting small and medium sized charities, especially those not previously funded by the Trust. One of their three priorities is Arts and Culture, supporting charities working in the performing arts; independent (i.e. not local authority controlled) museums and galleries; heritage sites and historic buildings. Deadline 27th July.
Arts Council England Introduction to ticketing for museums and galleries (8th July)
Introduction to ticketing for museums and galleries – 08.07.20
ACE’s Digital Culture Network, in consultation with South West Museum Development and London Museum Development, has published this guide for museums and galleries in how to introduce a timed ticketing operation to comply with the latest government guidance to reopening. The guide covers topics such as:
- Free to use ticketing platform recommendations
- Website integration and accessibility
- Managing visitor capacity numbers
- NHS Test & Trace data capture and storage
- Ticketing solution examples in the museum & gallery sectors
Visit England – ‘We’re Good To Go’ Industry Standard launched
A free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure visitors that your museum adheres to Government and public health guidance.
To support organisations as they work towards re-opening and welcoming customers/visitors, the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark is now available to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for businesses, attractions and destinations as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as a business you are good to go.
Charities call for boost to Gift Aid amid pandemic fundraising shortfall (24th June)
A coalition of leading voices in UK charities has called on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.
Surveys and research
The Liminal Space – The Museum of the Future
The Liminal Space is conducting a survey for UKRI about how sector workers envisage the museum of the future.
A Different View – Are Online Experiences Here to Stay?
Focuses on online offers and looks at what visitors have been watching and participating in while venues and attractions have been closed, and what people might still be interested in as lockdown eases, but covid still remains.
Online Offers report – are they here to stay July 2020
Taking Part Web Panel Data: Engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic
Results of a survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of DCMS asking about participation in activities which could be done under social distancing restrictions, to measure how levels of cultural, digital and sporting engagement have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Visit Britain – COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Tracker
A weekly tracking survey to understand domestic intent to take short breaks and holidays both within the U.K. and abroad, with particular focus around the current barriers and concerns around travel and how these will evolve over time.