Category: Surveys

Natural History Museum at Tring Touring Exhibitions

The Natural History Museum at Tring is developing a touring exhibition programme for local and regional museums across the UK. They are right at the beginning of the process, this is the first stage of gauging interest from museums across the UK.

They wish for this to be a mutually beneficial collaboration, so are keen to learn what is important to local and regional museums (and what is just annoying!)

Why are they doing this? Our strategy is to

Build capacity in museums with natural history collections and show leadership in collection advocacy, by supporting a UK wide network facilitating museum-to-museum collaborations to share expertise and resource, leading to greater resilience in museums.

Increase the scale and impact of engagement with the natural world for large and diverse audiences UK-wide through innovative initiatives delivered in partnership that increase uptake of STEM study and build scientific literacy

What is the collection and programme at the NHM?

· Approx. 80 million specimens and 350 scientists: curators and researchers to learn more about the natural world, and the impact of human activity on it.

· Their current touring programme includes Dippy on Tour (national), Treasures (international) and Wildlife Photographer of the Year (national and international).

· They can provide support from dedicated interpretation, design, access and learning teams.

· They have experience of working in partnership through their coordination of the Real World Science network of ten museums across the UK. Through this they share audience insights, best practice and access to collections.

They’d like your help to shape this new offer and would appreciate it if you could fill in their quick survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6XSDHTG

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Claire Walsh and Oli Moore – c.walsh@nhm.ac.uk / oliver.moore@nhm.ac.uk

Digital Culture Survey 2019 – deadline extended

From Arts Council England:

The fifth year of the Digital Culture survey has launched – a joint undertaking by the Arts Council and Nesta. The survey tracks the perception, uses, and impact of digital technology across the arts and cultural sector.

The Digital Culture survey for 2019 has launched. Our aim through this survey is to develop a comprehensive picture of the digital behaviours of arts and culture organisations in England, building on and allowing trend comparisons with the data captured in the four previous iterations of the survey. Since we began working with Nesta on this survey, the findings have informed government policy, enabled funders to develop relevant support for the sector, and helped arts and culture organisations to make informed decisions about their digital development. These findings informed DCMS’s Culture is Digital policy paper on how to effectively harness collaboration between the technology and cultural sectors.

This year’s survey findings will help provide evidence to support a number of the commitments listed in Culture is Digital, most notably:

  • The Arts Council’s and the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s forthcoming Digital Code and Maturity Index, which will outline some principles, along with a self-assessment framework, that organisations can use to benchmark and improve their digital maturity.
  • Our newly-launched Digital Culture Network, a group of tech champions who will provide expert knowledge, support, and guidance to support the digital development of arts and cultural organisations.

As digital technology becomes an increasingly ubiquitous part of everyday life, it is important for arts and cultural organisations to keep pace with the rate of change so that they can successfully integrate new technologies into their working practice and remain relevant to artists and audiences. This survey will take the pulse of the sector on how it is adapting to digital change and where it requires further support.

How your organisation can take part

Our research partner MTM London has sent thousands of arts and cultural organisations across England an invitation to participate. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete, and is best filled in by the digital lead or a suitable member of an organisation’s management team.

If you are an arts and cultural organisation based in England that has not received an invitation to participate in the survey, please contact MTM London (digitalarts@mtmlondon.com) and they will issue you a link.

What next?

The survey will now close on the 17th May 2019, and we will publish the findings in September, including a main research report and a series of factsheets on the uses of digital technology by different artforms and museums.

Our findings will give us a representative picture of how digital technology is used in the sector if we get a good selection of responses from all types of organisations. So, no matter what discipline you work in, how large your organisation is, and where it’s based, the Digital Culture survey 2019 needs you!

 

National Volunteering Survey

From UCL:

We’re conducting a Volunteering Survey as part of our National Lottery Heritage Funded project, ‘Give: Volunteering for Wellbeing’, and your input would be very much appreciated. The project is led by UCL on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in collaboration with the Horniman Museum and GardensNatural History Museum, and Valence House Museum.

If you are a Volunteer Coordinator or involved in recruiting, managing or scheduling volunteers, and work for a museum, gallery, heritage, arts or other cultural organisation, then we would be grateful if you could take part in our Volunteering Survey. All responses to the survey will be stored securely and made anonymous for the purposes of evaluation. Everyone who has contributed will be invited to have their name and organisation acknowledged in the ‘Volunteering for Wellbeing’ report plus a free copy of the report (due end 2019).

We are interested in understanding from this survey, how volunteering programmes contribute to the wellbeing of their volunteers. For further information, please see: https://culturehealthresearch.wordpress.com/give/ or contact Dr Linda Thomson, Senior Research Project Manager: linda.thomson@ucl.ac.uk

Please click here if you would like to read further information before starting the survey. There are only 10 questions and it has taken an average of 13 mins to complete so far. Thank you for your participation.

Digital Culture Survey 2019

From Arts Council England:

The fifth year of the Digital Culture survey has launched – a joint undertaking by the Arts Council and Nesta. The survey tracks the perception, uses, and impact of digital technology across the arts and cultural sector.

The Digital Culture survey for 2019 has launched. Our aim through this survey is to develop a comprehensive picture of the digital behaviours of arts and culture organisations in England, building on and allowing trend comparisons with the data captured in the four previous iterations of the survey. Since we began working with Nesta on this survey, the findings have informed government policy, enabled funders to develop relevant support for the sector, and helped arts and culture organisations to make informed decisions about their digital development. These findings informed DCMS’s Culture is Digital policy paper on how to effectively harness collaboration between the technology and cultural sectors.

This year’s survey findings will help provide evidence to support a number of the commitments listed in Culture is Digital, most notably:

  • The Arts Council’s and the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s forthcoming Digital Code and Maturity Index, which will outline some principles, along with a self-assessment framework, that organisations can use to benchmark and improve their digital maturity.
  • Our newly-launched Digital Culture Network, a group of tech champions who will provide expert knowledge, support, and guidance to support the digital development of arts and cultural organisations.

As digital technology becomes an increasingly ubiquitous part of everyday life, it is important for arts and cultural organisations to keep pace with the rate of change so that they can successfully integrate new technologies into their working practice and remain relevant to artists and audiences. This survey will take the pulse of the sector on how it is adapting to digital change and where it requires further support.

How your organisation can take part

Our research partner MTM London has sent thousands of arts and cultural organisations across England an invitation to participate. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete, and is best filled in by the digital lead or a suitable member of an organisation’s management team.

If you are an arts and cultural organisation based in England that has not received an invitation to participate in the survey, please contact MTM London and they will issue you a link.

What next?

The survey will close on 3 May 2019, and we will publish the findings in September, including a main research report and a series of factsheets on the uses of digital technology by different artforms and museums.

Our findings will give us a representative picture of how digital technology is used in the sector if we get a good selection of responses from all types of organisations. So, no matter what discipline you work in, how large your organisation is, and where it’s based, the Digital Culture survey 2019 needs you!

 

Employment of Deaf and Disabled People in Museums Survey

Accentuate UK, which has run a number of projects in the cultural sector to tell the stories of deaf and disabled people is planning a work placement programme for deaf and disabled people in the museum sector. The most recent ACE diversity figures show that only 4% of museum staff are disabled, against a background figure of 20% in the wider workforce. Accentuate has created two five-minute surveys:

  • A survey for all museums and heritage sites – asking if and how your institution is approaching this issue (and what would help if not). (Link to survey)
  • A survey for deaf and disabled people working in the museum and heritage sectors, whether as staff or freelancers. (Link to survey)

Responses are anonymous and the deadline for both survey is Friday 15th March.

ICOM UK Travel Grant Schemes Consultation

Since 2015 ICOM UK, funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Without Borders, and The British Council, has delivered three travel grant schemes:

  • Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP)
  • Heritage Without Borders Travel Grant Scheme (HWB)
  • ICOM UK/The British Council Travel Grant Scheme (BC)

These schemes provided grants of between £500 and £2000 that enabled museum professionals at all levels of their career to carry out visits to museums across the world; developing museum practice, confidence, and international networks.

ICOM UK are carrying out a consultation with the museum sector to establish the demand, barriers, and benefits of these schemes. This consultation will feed into a wider evaluation and help ICOM UK and partners develop future schemes. We hope that you can spare five minutes to complete a short survey on international travel grants.

The survey can be found here.

The survey is open until Monday 4th March 2019.

CultureLabs Project Survey

From the People’s History Museum:

CultureLabs is a European project funded under Horizon2020 (2018-2021). Working collaboratively across six countries, it aims to support Cultural Heritage Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations and public administrations and other actors who wish to organise participatory projects aiming at social inclusion via interaction with cultural heritage. Migrants and refugees will be the primary focus of the project.

As a part of the project, a platform will be developed, which will be used to enable institutional stakeholders as well as community participants to document and share ideas and approaches that can facilitate social innovation in culture by increasing participation of hitherto under-represented groups. Digital technology will be used to facilitate and promote collaboration between different actors and the provided services will be designed with the targeted communities in mind. For more information about our project click here.

To do this, the project aims to gather the end-users’ views, needs, and expectations, as well as their previous experience in running outreach or participatory activities involving disadvantaged groups in cultural heritage initiatives.

To complete the survey click here.

We, at the People’s History Museum, are aiming at collecting a certain number of responses. Therefore, it would be very helpful if you can kindly reply back to abir.tobji@phm.org.uk after submitting your survey so we can keep track of the numbers of respondents.

Please see the information sheet providing further details about the project and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Kids in Museums Sector Survey

From Kids in Museums:

Kids in Museums is launching a new website in January 2019. This gives us a good opportunity to review our current initiatives such as Takeover Day, Teen Twitter Takeover and the Family Friendly Award in order to gather feedback from a range of perspectives, including the museums and heritage sector, families, children and young people. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The deadline is has been extended to the 30th November 2019. We really appreciate your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sectorsurveyKiM

Kids in Museums Sector Survey

From Kids in Museums:

Kids in Museums is launching a new website in January 2019. This gives us a good opportunity to review our current initiatives such as Takeover Day, Teen Twitter Takeover and the Family Friendly Award in order to gather feedback from a range of perspectives, including the museums and heritage sector, families, children and young people. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The deadline is 26 November 2019. We really appreciate your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sectorsurveyKiM

Immersive Technologies and Museums Survey

From Royal Holloway, University of London:

This research is being carried out by Hannah Platts, Polly Dalton and David Howard at Royal Holloway, University of London. The results will help us to understand people’s attitudes to the use of immersive technology in heritage sites and museums. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the research, please email: hannah.platts@rhul.ac.uk

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete around ten online survey questions. The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete. At the end, as a thank you for your time, you will be able to enter a prize draw for the chance to win one of twenty £25 Amazon vouchers.
Your data will be anonymous and entered into an electronic database, which will be accessible to the team who are working on this project. This anonymised data may later be used by other researchers and/or deposited without identifying information in data sharing archives.
You are free to leave out any questions you prefer not to answer, without giving a reason. However, once you have entered your responses they will become anonymous, so we will not be able to remove them from the database at a later time.
Please feel free to ask any questions using the email address above before you agree to participate. This study is run under the jurisdiction of the Research Ethics Committee at Royal Holloway, University of London.

For more information and details on how to complete the survey click here.