Coronavirus/Covid-19 : Resources for Museums
At MDEM we want to provide as much information as possible for museums in the region dealing with the evolving Coronavirus/Covid-19 situation. As such we have created a round up of resources which you may find useful. Please note these are accurate at the time of publication – 17th March 2020.
Current Information on the virus:
For up-to-date advice and guidance from Public Health England’s please click here here
Supporting the Workforce:
The NHS Coronavirus pages contain the very latest advice and guidance, including preventative measures and responses to common questions.
Many individuals in our region’s workforce are aged over 70. Age UK have a very useful resource for older people which is also helpful if you are caring for or working with an older person.
The NCVO have some excellent guidance on how to safeguard your workforce, and some practical advice around HR issues such as sick pay.
We have put together some initial resources to support remote volunteering which you may also want to explore.
The Association of Independent Museums has practical guidance, including a ‘Business Resilience Checklist’ which we’d recommend all museums take a look at.
AIM partners, Charity Finance Group (CFG) have put together a practical guide for charity finance professionals covering business continuity planning, cashflow management and insurance. Read the resources
Information on the contractual implications of cancelling events or AGMs etc can be found on the Bates Wells website.
South East Museum Development have put together these useful resources to assess and manage the organisational risk. We would recommend you look at these documents as a reference to creating your own plans, policies and procedures.
- Coronavirious – Example of Risk assessment by Hastings Museum Covid-19
- Coronavirus Pandemic Plan by Chatham Historic Dockyards Trust
- Pandemic Planning – Departmental Analysis and Impact Assessment – Chatham Historic Dockyards Trust
We have also collated a list of digital resources which feature remote volunteering, digital programming (including learning opportunities) and use of social media.
Message from Arts Council England’s (ACE)
Our number one priority in the coming months is to support people who work in the arts, museums and libraries.
Our emergency planning covers all our funding streams including those that support individuals, small organisations who receive project funding, Music Education Hubs, Creative People and Places (CPP), and National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).
We have a number of important decisions to make about how we adapt or create new funding programmes to respond to the Covid-19 emergency, and what we will do about our future investment process for NPOs. We will update you on these decisions as soon as possible.
We have been listening to your feedback since our announcement over the weekend and have the following updates and clarifications:
- We stated yesterday that we will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings. This will require further planning. It may take about ten days before we can announce the details.
- We also told you yesterday that we will be relaxing our NPO and CPP funding conditions. We will be in touch with each NPO and CPP over the next ten days to talk this though.
- Grant conditions will also be relaxed on live National Lottery Project Grants, and we will shortly publish FAQs on our website to answer further questions.
- We are currently talking to the Department for Education about Music Education Hubs and will update you as soon as we can.
- You will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement today advising the public to avoid public spaces like theatres. We understand this is going to have a very real impact on your business, and that you will be worried. Each NPO should make a decision about what is in their and their public’s best interests.
This is a situation without precedent. The most important thing this week is for people to take time to consider the impact of this emergency on what they do, to start thinking about how to respond and what will be needed in terms of support. You can find information about how to contact us here: www.artscouncil.org.uk/contact
Currently we have decided to postpone all our upcoming training in March and April 2020. This will be reviewed before May and a decision will then be taken on further events. You can view our current position statement here.
We will also be available remotely to support museums in any area of their organisation. This includes helping museums return to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible, but also some extra programming and resources to help over the coming weeks. Below are our contacts if you would like to email or call us. Please note the team work part-time so you may want to email in the first instance:
Claire Browne – Regional Programme Manager: Claire.Browne@leics.gov.uk T: 07973 800 072
Sarah Hartshorne – Programme Officer: Sarah.Hartshorne@leics.gov.uk T: 0116 305 8118
Heather Lomas – Organisational Health Consultant and Museum Accreditation Advisor email@example.com T: 07809 771066
Anita Hollinshead – Regional Collections Advisor and Emergency Risk Network Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07876 166 742
Laura Hughes – Project Officer Laura.Hughes@leics.gov.uk T: 0116 305 3118
Where we have had to cancel events, we will try and offer a digital provision where possible and will continue to update and develop our online resources. Programme opportunities which were due to open for recruitment will now be slightly postponed. Visit our website for up-to-date information.