Redundancy Hub - Museums Association

Redundancy Hub

Support and resources for people going through redundancy

Museums are facing increasing financial challenges and as a result they have been forced to review their priorities, strategic plans and programming to respond.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the sector saw a number of redundancy programmes, which MA research identified as equivalent to a 10% reduction in the workforce.

While there has been recovery in some areas, decreases in funding centrally and locally combined with changes in visitor numbers and behaviour have meant that the sector is experiencing further rounds of organisational reviews, redundancy consultations and redundancies, and this is likely to continue.

We want to support the sector to work within the Code of Ethics for Museums:

  • Abide by a fair, consistent, and transparent workforce policy for all those working in the museum, including those in unpaid positions.

We aim to support all involved: those who are at risk of redundancy and those that have been made redundant, as well as those left behind, including colleagues, peers and team members. Museums need to support their leaders, managers and supervisors involved in decision-making, communication, implementation and management of the redundancy processes and their teams.

We will share practical and professional support, continue to advocate for members and the sector, and signpost other organisations with a dedicated focus on redundancy or wellbeing. If you would like to discuss anything further in relation to this please email Tamsin Russell, workforce development lead, via