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 scheduled to allow participants to engage in a live event (and therefore may have already occurred).


Writing About Photography: unlocking stories from the archives to create press releases for your collections

7 May 2020, 2-4pm

This is a (virtual) hands-on workshop on writing about photography for publication. Anyone who works with photographic collections knows that there are great stories hidden in the archives just waiting to be written about. In this online workshop, Tom Seymour will share his knowledge of how to craft jargon-free press releases to help you share the hidden stories and histories of the photographic collections you work with.

For more information click here.

Volunteers and Legal Compliance

15 May 2020, 11-12pm.

The session will be facilitated by Naomi Korn, Managing Director, Naomi Korn Associates.

For more information click here 

North West

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund MDNW has commissioned Laura Drane to create two things for the sector: a summary document that outlines what funding is available from both ACE and the NLHF, and a short video giving advice and further guidance on what emergency funding is available.

The summary document is available here

You can watch the video by clicking here

North East

Legal Issues for Museums

30 April 2020, 10-11am

Wrigley’s solicitors, specialists in charity law, delivered a short webinar looking at legal issue for museums. The event was hosted using Zoom video conferencing.

Designed with the current situation in mind, the session examined topics including:

  • Governance/commercial
  • Contract reviews – termination, force majeure and break clauses, liability and risk.
  • Fundraising, trading and funding – communication and compliance
  • Collaboration – combining resources efficiently and expanding market
  • Intellectual property – what rights held, what needed and how to exploit
  • Role of the trustee board – responsibilities, strategic decision taking and mission focus, compliance and pressures
  • Governance – reviewing governing document, policies and procedures to ensure remain fit for purpose
  • Employment/volunteers

For more information click here

East Midlands

The team has commissioned a short training video by Heather Lomas, Organisational Health Consultant for MDEM.  The video explores what business planning museums can do during the current Covid-19 crisis. It looks at the key steps to ensure responsible management of finances, collections and operations. The video is suitable for museum boards as well as staff in leadership roles.

You can view the video here

West Midlands

Engaging with Audiences during Lockdown

6 May 2020, 10:30 – 11:30am

Join the WMMD team and Richard Aldred, Marketing and Communications Manager at Ironbridge Gorge Museums to take part in a conversation about how museums can reach out to audiences and stay connected while venues are closed.

Richard will outline the approach that Ironbridge Gorge Museums has taken to engage with their multi-generational audiences through a variety of informative, fun and interesting activities, resources and communications.

Delegates will have the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges.

For more information click here

South West

The team in the South West has developed an number of resources to support museums in the current crisis on their dedicated Covid-19 page here.

Collections Trust

Collections Care in Lockdown: 5 weeks on – livestream Q&A

12 May 2020, 2pm

Following on from a successful Q&A session in April, a collections care panel will discuss developments over the last 5 weeks, new resources, and answer your questions. The event will be streamed live via the Collections Trust YouTube channel on If you can’t join us live, catch up with the video after the event.

For more information click here 

South East

Business Planning in a Crisis

Event Date:12 June 2020 2:00 pm – 3:30pm

A training session via Zoom

Having reacted swiftly to Covid 19 museums are now starting to regroup and consider the new, and possibly different, future. What does this mean for your business/forward planning? How can you ensure that it remains agile and responsive and ensures the museum’s future sustainability?

Join us for a quick fire 90-mins focusing on ensuring your forward/business planning is responsive and relevant in the current crisis.

Heritage Consultant Heather Lomas will facilitate this online session, enabling discussion of key issues between museums, suggesting practical ways to ensure continued sustainability and providing an opportunity to share your issues and concerns.

Participants will be supported to take stock of their current situation, review the museum’s organisational priorities, finances and operations and develop a plan of action. We will discuss issues and top tips and identify resources available to help museums with business planning and continuity.

Book your place here.