At MDEM we are committed to supporting the East Midlands museums sector not only to returning to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible, but also to make the most of the coming weeks and months in terms of opportunities and challenges. Following guidance from the UK Government we are now operating remotely as a team. However, phone lines and emails are still operational, you can contact the team accordingly:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07809 771066
Anita Hollinshead – Regional Collections Advisor and Emergency Risk Network Facilitator email@example.com T: 07876 166 742
Laura Hughes – Project Officer Laura.Hughes@leics.gov.uk T: 0116 305 3118
We are committed to providing sign posting and online resources to aid museums, as well as clear communications about our activities. You can do the following to stay up to date:
- Visit our website for our own response to the coronavirus outbreak
- Visit our website for online resources to support museums
- Sign up to our newsletter
- Follow our Twitter account for regular updates and information
We also want to be a conduit for museums to the rest of the sector support bodies. So if you have particular queries or would like certain questions prioritized by the sector then please contact Claire Browne.
Training Programme and Meetings:
To ensure the safeguarding of our workforces and our museums as well as the effective use of our current resources we have decided to postpone all training events until June 2020 and we will only be holding virtual meetings until the end of May.. This date will be regularly reviewed. Delegates will be directly contacted if they are effected by this and we will make every effort to reschedule at an appropriate time. As such we will not be advertising new training or promoting external training either over this period.
We will be changing some of our development programmes so that they can be run digitally, and others will be postponed till later in the year.
Business Diagnostic and Annual Data Survey:
Currently we will still be providing resources around the Business Diagnostic and Annual Data Survey, however we will be setting much longer response deadlines and be constantly reviewing this. We will only continue with this work as long as it benefits the museum sector and is not a hindrance to museums as the situation evolves.