Museums are going through an unprecedented difficult time at the moment with the impact of Covid-19. The Essex MDO, Museums Essex, and SHARE Museums East are all available to support museums in Essex.
Please feel free to contact your MDO at any time for information and advice related to Covid-19 and reopening – even if it’s just for an informal chat to check in.
*UPDATE 19 July 2021*
As restrictions lift on 19 July, we are all adapting to different circumstances again.
The National Museum Directors Council has updated its Covid guidance to reflect these changes: Nmdc Good Practice Guidelines For Reopening Museums – National Museum Directors’ Council Website (nationalmuseums.org.uk)
- Page 9: Altered to reflect that recording of data for NHS Test & Trace is no longer mandatory
- Pages 12 and 13: Several changes have been made to guidance on reducing risks in the workplace, including with regards to working from home and vulnerable workers.
- Pages 16 and 17 have been updated to reflect changes to Government policy on social distancing.
- Page 21 altered in light of the removal of capacity caps for venues
The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has created some draft guidance in response which may help in your discussions for a position you are comfortable with.
Top tips for recovery and planning for smaller museums
Growing through Tough Times: in this illustrated video, Rachel Mackay takes us through some top tips for museum teams to move successfully through the pandemic, particularly focusing on recovery and planning for smaller museums.
Resources and guidance on reopening
- Government guidance on reopening safely for heritage locations
- The Recovery Room (therecoveryroomblog.com) – A space for sharing resources to support museum and heritage professionals during and after the Covid-19 pandemic
- South East Museums reopening toolkit
- AIM reopening checklist and FAQs
- Government guidance for working safely during coronavirus
- CDC guidance on disinfecting
- AIM suggestion for how to manage Track and Trace with free digital booking system
Audiences and visitor data
- Report: Covid-19 Evidence Highlights – audience feedback on digital strategy, community programming, reopening and more, from the Audience Agency
- HVG Remobilisation Survey – results explore people’s willingness and ability to return to volunteering and their experience during Covid-19, from the Heritage Volunteering Group
- Article: Will it be worth it? The re-opening barriers facing visually impaired people – a really useful article from Matthew Cock at VocalEyes.
- EMBED Reopening Recommendation guidance has been created to support organisations in their decision making prior to reopening following COVID-19 lockdown. It considers potential barriers faced by disabled visitors and customers and offers solution based guidance for organisations of all types with the ultimate aim of keeping stakeholders, staff, volunteers visitors, students or customers as safe as possible.