Nominations Open for Family Friendly Museum Award 2022

Kids in Museums launched the Family Friendly Museum Award in 2004 to recognize the venues that are most welcoming, fun, and accessible for families. Each year it is down to families to decide the winners. Nominations are now open for the Family Friendly Museum Award for 2022. The ‘Kids in Museums Manifesto’ has also been…

Annual Museum Survey for 2021 Shows impact of COVID Pandemic

The Annual Museum Survey 2021 national report is now out and this reveals the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 765 museums across England, from their audiences and finances, to their workforce. It highlights the significant differences in how this impact has been felt across the sector, depending on key factors such as a museum’s region,…

Launch Webinar for New Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit

A new Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit has been developed by The Carbon Literacy Project and Museum Development North West, in collaboration with Museum Development England, museums and Julie’s Bicycle.  Museums have an important role to play in tackling the climate crisis – not only by reducing the emissions created within the museum sector, but also as…

Catalyst Looking to recruit New Chief Executive Officer

Catalyst, in Widnes, is looking to appoint a new part-time Chief Executive. The Trustees of the science museum are keen to build on the extensive and impressive work done by the current CEO. They would welcome applications from as diverse a group of people as possible. The post is open from 1st April 2022. This…

Arts Council England Museum Accreditation Update

Arts Council England (ACE) have released their November update on their Museum Accreditation Scheme. Current Accreditation award status has automatically been extended to 1 April 2022. That applies whether a museum is expecting to be invited to make a return or has already submitted a return and is awaiting assessment and an award decision. There’s no…

Arts Council England New Capital Investment Fund

Arts Council England have announced a new Capital Investment Programme. This is an open access capital expenditure programme to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. An online Expression of Interest form will be open on the Grantium…

Kids in Museums Sector Survey

Kids in Museums want to hear your views on their current programmes and what you would like them to offer in the future. Founded in 2003, Kids in Museums’ mission is to work with museums nationwide to make them more welcoming to children, young people, and families. They have led significant change in the museum…

Sector Statement on Heritage, Museums, and Collections at Risk Updated

Arts Council England along with 16 other national stakeholders, including Museum Development UK, has refreshed and published the joint statement with a wider remit to cover heritage, alongside museums and collections at risk. The new statement reads as follows: “Relevant funders alongside sector bodies have updated their co-ordinated approach in response to urgent situations when…

Grants Updates from ACE, AIM & Museum Development North West

As the wider heritage sector prepares to re-open over the spring after the latest COVID lockdown, several grant giving organisations have announced the re-opening of funding streams or revised initiatives relevant to the Industrial Heritage sector. Below is a brief summary of some of these. Arts Council England National Lottery Fund Project Grants The Arts…

MUSEUMS + HERITAGE AWARDS 2021

The 2021 Museums+Heritage Wards have been re-designed to provide a high-profile platform for the hard work of so many to be rewarded and celebrated in these COVID-19 times. A range of new free-to-enter categories have been introduced which focus on the unique challenges of the pandemic. These seven categories look specifically at the unique challenges…