(Are Museums Running out of Staff, Space and Time?)
For a number of years Historic England has supported the gathering of information on local authority staffing levels in planning and Historic Environment Record (HER) services but there has been no concomitant survey of museums, despite such institutions supporting archaeological project work through the curation of archive material.
The first of three annual reports commissioned by Historic England and produced by the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) has now been released, using quantitative and qualitative data gathered by online survey from 200 respondents in England that represent museums which collect or hold archaeological material.
VocalEyes has published the State of Museum Access Report 2016, which shares the results of an audit they did of the websites of all 1600 accredited UK Museums. The report highlights that many museums website access information, for blind and partially sighted people, consists of a solitary message welcoming guide dogs. For every guide dogs owner in the UK, there are around 75 other registered blind or partially sighted people who do not use a guide dog, and for whom information about the resources and events at the museum would be welcome, and indeed a prerequisite for a visit: evidence shows that online access information is a key factor in the decision-making process for disabled visitors, and that many will not visit if access information is absent.
Some key figures from the report:
The Report breaks the data down for Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and the English regions, as well as for categories of museum (independent, local authority, university, military, national museums, and heritage sites).
The report and accompanying guidelines to help museums improve their access information, and ensure their web, digital marketing and social media is accessible, can be found at
From Arts Council England:
In December 2015, BOP Consulting with The Museum Consultancy were commissioned by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland, along with the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums to undertake research on the attitudes, behaviours and skills needed by the museum workforce over the immediate future.
Museum Development North are delighted to release our Annual Report for 2015-16
This report details the investment and delivery of the Museum Development North West programme in 2015-2016. It shows the impact of the work of the MDNW team in the museums sector across the five counties of the North West. Museum Development is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) over three years. 2015-16 is year one of a three year funded cycle.
The report can be found here MDNW annual report 2015-16
As part of our Entrepreneurial Development strand of work, Museum Development North West is working with Quince Retail to produce a state of the region report with a focus on the retail initiatives in regional museums. We’re keen to continue our work developing the retail offer in the North West and this report will be key in the success and relevance of our entrepreneurial work between April 2014 – March 2015.
We’d like to include data from all museums in the North West therefore we are asking you to return the attached Retail Survey to us by Friday 28th March. As you can see the survey is straight forward and the figures should be easily accessible to all museums.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us and send your completed form to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org