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Preparing for post-Covid re-opening for Museums

Colleagues from across MDN have collated resources from across the globe to support museums during Covid-19. The information includes advice, support and resources to help the sector plan for reopening after Covid-19. We all know that this is a changing environment, so please note that this list of resources was compiled week commencing 13 May […]

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Training and resources for museums in lockdown

Teams across the Museum Development Network are supporting the museum sector and workforce during Covid-19 by developing on-line training sessions, webinars and learning resources. There will be regular MDN blog posts during lockdown to showcase learning resources for the museum workforce. While some of these are stand-alone resources that are not time limited; others are […]

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Top tips for home working during Covid-19

The role of Museum Development is to support museums and the people who work and volunteer for them. These are uncertain times, in which many of us won’t see our colleagues for some weeks or months. Working from home and apart from colleagues will be a new experience for many and can take some getting […]

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South West Museum Development: Young Devon Museum Volunteers project

Eleanor Moore, Sustainable Volunteering Officer for South West Museum Development, worked with three Devon museums to engage young people as museum volunteers. The museums involved in the project were South Devon Railway Museum, Teign Heritage Centre and The Museum of Dartmoor Life. The project had two core aims: To provide opportunities for young people to […]

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MDNW launch Contemporary Collecting Toolkit

Museum Development North West (MDNW) has published a Contemporary Collecting Toolkit. Collecting contemporary histories to ensure collections are up to date and relevant can be a major task for museums. For some, contemporary collecting is high on the agenda, but for others it’s a new approach and one that may feel overwhelming at first. To […]

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Building New Audiences for Museums with ‘The Late Shift’

The Inspiration Visitor Profiling research for local museums in Northern Ireland in 2016 revealed that representation was lowest in the 18-40 age category, accounting for around only a quarter of all museum visits. People were visiting museums as children, with their family, or when they’re older but there was a lack of engagement from those […]

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