Museum reopening guidance now available from Association of Independent Museums


New guidance on reopening museums has been published by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group.

The ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 NMDC Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums after 4th July 2020’ guidance is intended to help employers, employees, the self-employed and volunteers in the museum sector in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance provides a set of practical considerations museums will want to work through whilst considering reopening. They should:

  • Be used in conjunction with COVID-safe guidelines published by HM Government, as the guidance is intended to enhance, not supplant existing regulations
  • Sit alongside and inform existing business practices and standard structures museums already consider when managing risk and conducting business planning activities.
  • Read the full guidance here.

Reopening checklist

Alongside the above guidance, a checklist has been produced by AIM and the Museum Development Network to be used in conjunction with the Guidelines and to help museums take a strategic, well informed approach to making decisions on reopening and implementing a safe and effective plan in conjunction with the national guidance for museums. The checklist does not tell you exactly how your reopened museum should operate – individual circumstances will vary enormously – it is intended to help you develop your reopening plans and provides you with a methodology to follow.

See the checklist here.

Sector responds to reopening announcement

Sector bodies have today issued a joint statement welcoming Government announcements on reopening, whilst underlining the ongoing need for investment and support during the recovery.

See the full statement here.

Hallmarks at Home

The latest sessions of AIM’s Hallmarks at Home programme have been launched, covering topics including how to approach a website refresh, volunteering and scenario planning for the future.

See the full programme and book your place here.

Latest funding programmes

Take a look at the funding programmes currently taking applications, including £2m made available by Art Fund and a £3m funding stream from Historic England.

Read the full details to check your eligibility here.


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