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MDNW coronavirus update

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 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

NMDC Good Practice Guidelines (17th September)

Updates are made regularly (and listed at the bottom of the website) as government guidance changes so keep checking the website to make sure you are working to the most recent version. The latest update includes amendments to reflect the new 6-person limit on social gatherings, the mandatory recording of data for NHS Test & Trace and a link to the Health & Safety Executive’s guidance on ventilation and air-conditioning during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read our blog post here for the full list of guidance and resources around reopening and view recordings (subtitles are available) on our YouTube channel of our webinars on reopening. Please note that the advice given within these videos was based on the most up to date Government guidance at the time of recording and may have changed since.

Latest government information

Latest information and advice (18th September)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed (9th September)

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down, including not meeting with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. COVID-19 secure venues (including museums) can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18th September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.

Kickstart scheme (2nd September)

Government scheme to provide apprenticeships is now open to applications. The placements will be 6 months long, 25 hours per week and for 16-24 year-olds claiming universal credit. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, ruling out most museums’ ability to apply to the scheme, but if an organisation is unable to offer this many placements it can partner with other organisations as a consortium to reach the minimum number.

Curious Minds, the Bridge organisation for the North West, is interested in gauging the interest and needs of the North West’s cultural sector in relation to Kickstart. They are carrying out a survey is to collect an idea of organisations who would be interested in joining a Kickstart consortium, to get a picture of its viability in the North West. 

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants

National Lottery Project Grants are open for applications. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Supplementary guidance has been published that outlines the changes. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for. The usual requirement to provide 10% match funding has been removed.

Museum Development North West

Funding sources (7th September)

We have updated our list of current funding sources available for the sector. It includes both general museum funding and Covid-19 specific funds.

ACE National Lottery Project Grants bid-writing support (10th September)

We have extended our bid-writing support offer to museums to work with Laura Drane on applications to ACE’s National Lottery Project Grants on a first come first served basis.

Association of Independent Museums

AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including news and advocacy and sources of UK government support. Elsewhere on the website are reopening guidance resources, details of the AIM Hallmarks at Home training, ALVA attractions recovery tracker and online advice surgeries.

Reopening case study videos 
AIM spoke to several members about their reopening experiences and you can hear what they’ve learnt and the advice they’d share with other members in these short videos. It seems that as well as adding significant additional safety measures for staff, volunteers and visitors, the ability to quickly adapt, identify shifting audiences and respond to their needs is key to beginning to recover and plan for the future. 

Watch the case study videos here.

Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants

The final 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. Deadline 12th October.

DCMS – Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (15th September)



Association for Cultural Enterprises – Upcoming Webinars

The Association for Cultural Enterprises are hosting the following online workshops:

Culture Sprint Online Workshops – Free, members only | Starts 22 Sep 2020

This series of events are designed to give current and future arts leaders a tool for solving critical business challenges. Prepared in collaboration with The Revels Office.

To find out more and to book, please click here.

Re-Opening Retail – Free, members only | 25 Sep, 11am

A panel of cultural retailers discuss how our shops have fared since re-opening, looking at issues such as social distancing, stock management and how footfall, ATV and conversion rates have been affected.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Creating Family Friendly Interactions Workshop

Creating family friendly interactions in the new normal 

Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am-12.30pm and Thursday 15 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Kids in Museums and other Museum Development Teams to develop a workshop about interacting with family audiences, that is specifically aimed towards those working in front facing roles.

About this training

As families start to return to museums after lockdown, research shows that this audience want to feel safe, welcome and assured that staff are patient. 

In this virtual training day for front facing museum staff and volunteers, we will:

  • learn why family visitors are an important part of your visitor profile 
  • gain an understanding of the key concerns families have about visiting museums post-lockdown
  • together come up with ways to tackle common scenarios involving family visitors and COVID-19 restrictions
  • explore how you can use playful and safe ways to interact with families in a way that is relevant to your site.

This virtual training session will be delivered over two half day sessions (two hours with a short break). The sessions will be delivered with consultant Sarah Shaw, former National Family Interpretation Manager for English Heritage. In this role she implemented a family friendly training and development programme for all front facing staff and volunteers across the organisation.

Take a look at the schedule attached.

Who should attend?

These training webinars are suitable for those working in front facing roles and interacting with families on a regular basis in your museum. We can only take bookings from staff or volunteers from museums in the North West, North East and Yorkshire. 

Run in partnership with Museum Development North West, Museum Development North East and Museum Development Yorkshire. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Booking information

Free but booking is essential. Places are limited to one per organisation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking
To book a ticket, please click here.

MDNW coronavirus update

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 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
NMDC Good Practice Guidelines (10th September)
Updates are made regularly (and listed at the bottom of the website) as government guidance changes so keep checking the website to make sure you are working to the most recent version. The latest update includes amendments to reflect the new 6-person limit on social gatherings, the mandatory recording of data for NHS Test & Trace and a link to the Health & Safety Executive’s guidance on ventilation and air-conditioning during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read our blog post here for the full list of guidance and resources around reopening and view recordings (subtitles are available) on our YouTube channel of our reopening webinars. Please note that the advice given within these videos was based on the most up to date Government guidance at the time of recording and may have changed since.

Latest government information
Latest information and advice (11th September)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed (9th September)
The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down, including not meeting with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. COVID-19 secure venues (including museums) can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18th September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.

Kickstart scheme (2nd September)
Government scheme to provide apprenticeships is now open to applications. The placements will be 6 months long, 25 hours per week and for 16-24 year-olds claiming Universal Credit. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, ruling out most museums’ ability to apply to the scheme, but if an organisation is unable to offer this many placements it can partner with other organisations as a consortium to reach the minimum number.

Curious Minds, the Bridge organisation for the North West, is interested in gauging the interest and needs of the North West’s cultural sector in relation to Kickstart. They are carrying out a survey to collect an idea of organisations who would be interested in joining a Kickstart consortium, to get a picture of its viability in the North West. 

Arts Council England
National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants are open for applications. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Supplementary guidance has been published that outlines the changes. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for. The usual requirement to provide 10% match funding has been removed.

Museum Development North West
Funding sources (7th September)
We have updated our list of current funding sources available for the sector. It includes both general museum funding and Covid-19 specific funds.

ACE National Lottery Project Grants bid-writing support (10th September)
We have extended our bid-writing support offer to museums to work with Laura Drane on applications to ACE’s National Lottery Project Grants on a first come first served basis.

Association of Independent Museums
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including news and advocacy and sources of UK government support. Elsewhere on the website are reopening guidance resources, details of the AIM Hallmarks at Home training, ALVA attractions recovery tracker and online advice surgeries.

Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants
The final 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. Deadline 12th October.

DCMS – Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (7th September)

Surveys and results
Vocal Eyes – Survey report: museum re-opening and live-streamed events (8th September)
Results of a survey run in August on what’s important to blind and visually impaired museum visitors.

Audience Agency – Understand the impact of lockdown on the behaviours of different Audience Spectrum groups
Research into how different Audience Spectrum segments have reacted to coronavirus and predicts what they might do next.

Kids in Museums – What SEND families need to get back to museums (3rd September)
Survey results and practical advice on what would give SEND families the confidence to visit museums again.

SWFed Conference 2020

South West Fed Online Conference 2020 ‘Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency‘ – Full programme announced

Date: 1-2 October 2020

Online (Zoom)

The South West Fed has today announced the full programme for the 2020 South West Fed Conference ‘Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency’. The event takes place on 1 & 2 October via Zoom. Within the theme, all speakers will also be addressing the impact of Covid-19 on their activities and on how they see it impacting on museums’ ability to respond to the climate emergency.

Keynote speakers include: Stuart Frost (British Museum), and Dave Coleman (Carbon Literacy Project) & Lynsey Jones (Museum Development NW). 

For tickets and information, please visit click here.

War and Conflict SSN Online Conference

The ‘next normal’: engaging with schools with stories of war and conflict, in light of COVID-19

Date: Short presentations across 2 days, Thursday 19and Friday 20November 2020

The War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (SSN) will be hosting an online conference how museums can continue to engage schools with stories of conflict from the First World War to the present day, by looking at the digital offer across different organisations and preparing for physical visits to resume. The conference will have sessions looking specifically at STEM provision (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The War and Conflict SSN are also accepting submissions for proposals that consider the following themes, as well as other ideas you may have:

  • Examples of learning projects that you have adapted in light of COVID-19
  • How to deliver digital learning activities
  • How to stay relevant to the ‘recovery curriculum’, which includes a focus on wellbeing
  • The measures you are undertaking to welcome back schools on physical visits
  • Case Studies for STEM learning –what works well?

The call for proposals will close at 5.00pm (GMT) on Friday 9 October. For full details please click here.

AHRC Capability for Collections Fund

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to invite applications to the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo).

The fund support a series of targeted, capital investments to renew and upgrade research facilities within UK galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs), including university collections, focusing on conservation and heritage science facilities, digital capture equipment and specialist study spaces and reading rooms. Projects must be completed within the current Financial Year.

The call is now open and closing date is 13 October 2020, 16:00 GMT. For full details and how to apply, click here.

Cross-arts professional development course

From Engage:

Deadline for applications: 5pm, 14 September 2020

Applications are invited from colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors (UK) and the arts sector (Scotland and Wales) interested in participating in the Extend Leadership Programme 2020–21.

Now in its tenth year, Extend is informed by a commitment to empowering education and learning professionals so that they are able to influence the sector’s development and help to ensure that learning is embedded in arts and cultural organisations. Extend is cross art form and welcomes applicants who work in the arts, museums, libraries, archives and heritage settings.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Digital Culture Network Webinars

The Digital Culture Network are hosting a number of webinars, including:

Thursday 3 September 2020, 2.30pm

Revisioning 2020: Achieving Customer Relationship Mastery

Presented in partnership with Tessitura, this session will provide you with a true understanding of how CRM can transform your business strategy during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.

Thursday 24 September 2020, 2pm

A beginner’s guide to Tikok

A webinar for arts and cultural organisations to learn how to use the newest social media platform taking the world by storm.

Thursday 1 October 2020, 2pm

Getting started in online retail: Launch to success

A webinar for arts and cultural organisations to learn how to successfully plan and launch an online shop.

To register for a webinar, please click here.

A Manifesto for Learning and Engagement – Webinar

25 September 2020, 1000-1200
Online, Zoom

From Museum Association:

Join Sharon Heal, director of the Museums Association, David Anderson, director general at Amgueddfa-Cymru (National Museum Wales), and Dhikshana Pering, head of engagement & skills at Somerset House for a series of provocations and workshops looking at how Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter has reshaped learning and engagement in museums.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners and discuss how the new Learning and Engagement Manifesto can help shape the future of our work.

Taking place on Zoom on Friday 25 September, 1000-1200, this webinar isaimed at managers and heads of learning and engagement in museums, galleries and heritage sites, and anyone who is passionate about the future of learning in our sector.

For more information and to book, please click here.