Category: Surveys

Museum Survey – Your Views on Museum Data

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’.  The study aims to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector.  It includes mapping existing data collection, as well as identifying issues and making recommendations for future data collection.

As part of the scoping study, a survey of museums across England is being carried out to ensure that the perspectives of individual museums and museums services form an important part of the consultation process.  This survey provides you with the opportunity to contribute your views on these issues, and help inform and influence future data collection arrangements.

The survey is available here and the deadline for submitting survey responses is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. 

ACE look forward to receiving your response and would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this important study.

 

Evaluating the Nature Conservation Mission of UK Museums and Galleries

Miller et al. (2003) suggested that ‘collections-based institutions’, including museums, ‘exhibit wildlife and thus have a special connection with nature. Many of these institutions emphasize a mission of conservation and, undeniably, they do contribute directly to conservation education and conservation science. They present an exceptional opportunity for many urban residents to see the wonders of life, and they can contribute to education and habitat preservation.’ As many collections-based institutions held a stated mission museums of nature conservation, they proposed eight questions to evaluate actions to support that mission.

This study is intended to evaluate the nature conservation mission and actions of UK museums and galleries, through the perceptions of those who work in them. It is not restricted to museums whose collections solely or largely consist of preserved natural heritage (natural history/natural science), and responses are sought from a wide range of museums, recognising that museums may be part of a broader service, and that museums, galleries and similar institutions have great potential to connect with a nature conservation mission.

Nature conservation not object conservation
For the purposes of this study, ‘conservation’ does not mean the care or preparation of objects, but care, management, preservation, research and education/engagement relating to natural heritage (living, environmental and geological) beyond the museum. Nature conservation is ‘a value-driven discipline based on the premise that the preservation of species diversity, ecological systems, and evolutionary processes in nature is important to the maintenance of life on our planet. Conservationists seek ways to protect natural systems and heal the wounds of degraded systems. Conservation actions are ultimately unsuccessful if the amount of wild lands and wildlife continues to decline’ (see Miller et al. for references).

Data use and protection
Responses are sought to explore museum workers’ individual perceptions of the ways museums, and their museums in particular, connect with a nature conservation mission. Where relevant, responses should relate to an overall museum, not a single department, and it is perfectly fine for more than one person per museum/gallery to answer, as this is about exploring individual perceptions. There are no right or wrong answers in this study. Data will be grouped for analysis. Responses will be non-attributable to individuals in the final write-up. Museums will be grouped by museum type, with groupings determined by response rates, geography and governance type (e.g. national, regional, university, local authority). Analyses will also be based on differences in role type. By responding, participants agree that their answers can be included in analysis. Data will be kept for the purpose of this and similar projects only, and will not be shared with a third party.

To complete the survey click here

For more information please contact Henry Mcghie, Head of Collections, Manchester Museum – henry.mcghie@manchester.ac.uk

National Lates research from Culture24

Culture24, is conducting research, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Airbnb, into UK after-hours events (Lates) and extended opening hours in culture and heritage venues in the UK. Over the next few months they will be reaching out to venue staff, visitors and sector organisations to get data and opinions through a variety of methods including surveys, interviews and focus groups.

To kick-off they are asking all venue professionals and volunteers responsible for after-hours events to fill out this short survey to canvas the opinions of the widest possible cross-section of our sector. The survey will take a maximum of ten minutes to fill out and there is an incentive of a big box of chocolates for one lucky contributor. Please use this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LatesResearch and share it with the people in your organisation who are responsible for programming after-hours events.

For any questions about the research or to suggest a way you can get more involved in the consultation process please contact Nick Stockman, 01273 523983.

Migration Museums Network – UK survey

From ICOM:

Do you think the topic of migration is adequately explored within the museums/heritage sector?

Would you like to see more being done to address this pressing contemporary issue, including within your own organisation?

We invite you to participate in a survey on the coverage of migration and related themes within your organisation and the sector more widely. The results of this survey will help us to establish a Migration Museums Network http://migrationmuseum.org/the-migration-museums-network/, gathering information and improving and sharing best practice nationwide. This network is funded by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We ask that this survey is completed by the person best placed to answer the questions within your organisation. Ideally we want to avoid receiving duplicate replies from the same organisation.

We are using this survey to collect information, the results of which will form the basis of a report on the current status of migration as a theme across the heritage sector. We will present, share and discuss these findings at collaborative public events in London and Newcastle towards the end of 2017. If you would like to receive a copy of this report and alerts about these events, please indicate in question 5 on the next page.

This survey should not take you more than 20 minutes. Bullet point answers are fine. We are really grateful for your participation.

To complete the survey please click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B9VLJ8F. The deadline for completion is Friday April 28.

Circulating on behalf of the Migration Museum Project: http://migrationmuseum.org/

Help the MA Develop the Mentoring for All Scheme

The Museums Association (MA) is asking the museum sector to complete a short online survey designed to help shape the Mentoring For All scheme, which explores best practice to develop a new model for mentoring for the sector.

There are separate surveys for people who are or have been mentors or mentees, and for people who have managed museum or wider cultural mentoring schemes.

The questions explore the nature of mentoring, whether it is aligned to a development programme or stand-alone, whether it is open to all or open to a particular group, and whether the mentoring voluntary or mandatory.

These questions and more will enable us to know what works best and how we can then apply it.

All responses will be reviewed to reflect on peoples’ current experience within the sector and will feed into a report at the end of the research phase of the project.

Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer, said: “If you can find a moment to complete the survey it would help us understand mentoring from a mentee, mentor and also mentor co-ordinator perspective.

“These insights will help us build on the positives and address the improvement needs it to make it the most successful model for the future.”

The deadline for the survey is Friday 3 March.

Funded by the MA and Arts Council England, Mentoring For All is currently in the research phase, with a six month pilot to begin in June. An evaluation report will be published in January 2018 with a view to rolling out the scheme across the UK in 2018.

If you have any queries, please email Tamsin Russel: tamsin@museumsassociation.org


Links and downloads


Survey for people who are/have been mentors or mentees

Survey for managers of museum or cultural sector mentoring schemes

#MentoringForAll

Julie’s Bicycle launches second Sustaining Creativity survey

Julie’s Bicycle is running the second edition of the Sustaining Creativity survey to capture the cultural response, attitudes, and approaches of cultural leaders in England, Wales, and Scotland to climate change and environmental sustainability. The survey will contribute to the next phase of JB’s work both in terms of supporting the sector, and in advocating to others about the crucial role the creative community plays on climate change and the breadth of cultural response. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on Thursday 9 February 2017. There is a prize draw for a case of organic wine (or something non-alcoholic!) for respondents.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Julies_Bicycle_Sustaining_Creativity

Twitter: Share your views: @juliesbicycle Sustaining Creativity survey on UK cultural responses to climate change #coptimism

Facebook: Julie’s Bicycle are looking for sector responses from senior leaders in the arts and creative industries on how they are thinking about environmental sustainability and the climate challenge, artistically and operationally: the Sustaining Creativity survey is open until the 9 February. Includes a prize draw for organic wine!

Art Fund Curators’ Survey

From Art Fund:

Can you help with research into the changing nature of museum and gallery curatorship?

Art Fund is investigating this vitally important topic with The Museum Consultancy and Oxford University.

They have designed an online survey to seek the views of those who work as a curator, or whose role encompasses curatorial responsibilities. The survey should take around ten minutes to complete.

Go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AFCuratorial to take part. The deadline for responses is Monday 30th January.

The results of this survey will be supported by a series of in-depth interviews with curatorial and sector colleagues across the UK, and a review of previous reports and initiatives to support curatorial and collections-based work, to present a detailed picture of the challenges and opportunities that face curators and curatorship today, and to make some suggestions for the future. Art Fund will publish their findings later this year. They hope that the outcomes will also help inform future Art Fund policy and funding programmes, and provide similar inspiration across the sector.

If you want to discuss any aspect of the Art Fund research in more detail, please contact Sarah Philp, Art Fund Director of Programmes – sphilp@artfund.org.

Volunteering in Museums in the 21st Century

Volunteer Makers is a national programme showcasing a new model of volunteer engagement supported by Arts Council England.  This new model brings together volunteering and public participation with audience development, marketing and digital to create meaningful relationships (and a value exchange) with these 21st century volunteers.  The landscape for attracting and keeping volunteers is changing, while current funding models mean that volunteers have become even more key to driving forward a museum’s vision and sustainability.

Volunteer Makers are looking for people to complete two surveys looking at different things.

In Survey 1 they are looking to showcase examples of current volunteering, particularly where there is a blending of volunteering activity:

With marketing and digital
Where museums are working with different types of volunteers of various ages and backgrounds
Where the volunteer activities are short term (micro-volunteering), long term and one off projects.

Via survey 2 they want to find out from you what volunteering means to you and how you are currently volunteering. This feedback will help us to deliver the best support to museums to help them with their volunteer engagement.

UK Wide Survey of Museums

The national Museum Development Network and the Museums Association (MA) are currently undertaking a UK wide survey of museums. If you haven’t already, we would like to ask you to complete the survey on behalf of your museum or museum service.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK. The data it provides will be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA and ourselves, including contributing to the current DCMS Museums Review in England. 

You can complete the survey online here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/museumssurvey201516/

 The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 October 2016.

How to complete the survey

All figures should be for the financial period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

We know that sometimes providing an exact figure can be hard so if you do not have actual data, please provide your best estimate.

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]You can save and return to the survey at any time by clicking ‘Save and Continue Later’ at the bottom of any page of the online survey.

Questions about the survey

The survey is being carried out by the MA and the national Museum Development Network. The data you provide will be shared between the MA and ourselves in order to improve data quality and reduce survey duplication.

If you have any questions about completing the survey you can contact tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

UK Survey of Museums

The national Museum Development Network and the Museums Association (MA) are currently undertaking a UK wide survey of museums. If you haven’t already, we would like to ask you to complete the survey on behalf of your museum or museum service.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK. The data it provides will be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA and ourselves, including contributing to the current DCMS Museums Review in England. 

You can complete the survey online here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/museumssurvey201516/ 

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 October 2016. 

How to complete the survey

  • All figures should be for the financial period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
  • We know that sometimes providing an exact figure can be hard so if you do not have actual data, please provide your best estimate
  • You can save and return to the survey at any time by clicking ‘Save and Continue Later’ at the bottom of any page of the online survey.

Questions about the survey

The survey is being carried out by the MA and the national Museum Development Network. The data you provide will be shared between the MA and ourselves in order to improve data quality and reduce survey duplication.

If you have any questions about completing the survey you can contact tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we look forward to sharing the results with you.