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MDN seeking new logo

Museum Development Network is seeking a designer or design agency to develop 2 distinct logos: a new logo for the Network and a separate logo for Museum Development in England. Each logo should have a distinct design that reflects the nuanced difference and connection between the national Network and the Museum Development Programme in England. […]

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Reopening Guidance for Museums

Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums after 4 July 2020 The National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group, has published the Good Practice Guidance for Reopening Museums. It is intended to help employers, employees, the self-employed and volunteers in the museum sector in England understand how to […]

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Art Fund and Museum Development Recovery Grants

“Even the smallest amount can make a difference to small and local organisations as they adjust their offer to reopen effectively and remain relevant to audiences going forward. These funds will make a significant impact on smaller museums that are highly valued community assets” Claire Browne, MDN Chair.   In a new and innovative partnership, […]

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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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Post-lockdown on-line training for museums

Teams across the Museum Development Network are supporting the museum sector and workforce throughout the Covid-19 crisis by developing on-line training sessions, webinars and digital learning resources. Information about various training sessions is updated on individual Museum Development websites. While some of these are stand-alone resources that are not time limited, others are scheduled ‘live’ […]

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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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