Mindsets + Missions for Museums and Science Centres of the Future - Museums Association

Mindsets + Missions for Museums and Science Centres of the Future

Mindsets + Missions is a new learning and grants programme, funded by UK Research and Innovation, which supports museums and science centres to engage underrepresented groups with knowledge, research and innovation.

Using the concept of “future citizens”, we will enable people who bring diverse and plural perspectives to engage with, influence and participate in the development of the knowledge, research and innovation that our future societies will be built on. The Mindsets + Missions approach is about exploring the missions that drive our work and the mindsets that help us to achieve our aims.

“Museums and science centres play an important role in inspiring the next generation of researchers and innovators, whether it’s future vaccine researchers or future historians. But we know that opportunities to engage with research and innovation through museums and science centres aren’t open to all.”

Tom Saunders, head of public engagement, UKRI

This is a time-limited programme that presents an opportunity to innovate. By that we mean using approaches that combine experimentation with an element of ambition; work that is boundary pushing within its context; and created in a way that means you learn from the experience.

The programme is also based on supporting a cohort of organisations and individuals, so we aim to stimulate collaboration and peer learning. And we will work across the cohort to understand lessons and methodologies that will benefit practitioners and policymakers across museums and science centres.

We are realistic about the challenges inherent to participating in the Mindsets + Missions programme, so we have created a pathway that clearly describes the time and headspace you will need to commit and the timescales on which we will operate.

We will compensate participants for their time and commitment in the first phase of Mindsets + Missions (see below) and then cohort organisations will have the opportunity to apply for project grants in the second phase of the programme.

The programme builds on a rich foundation of research and experience: the Mindsets for Museums of the Future report; Science and Discovery Centre Futures: Missions and Opportunities report; the Bold Futures programme; Inspiring Science Fund; Museums Change Lives; Digital Innovation and Engagement grants and more.

Mindsets + Missions is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is a key part of UKRI’s mission to break down the barriers between research, innovation and society. UKRI is providing a total of £750k for this programme, which is being delivered by a partnership of the Museums Association, The Liminal Space and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

The deadline for individuals and organisations to apply is 19 December 2022.


Please contact Craig Smith, the Mindsets + Missions project officer at the Museums Association, for more information and to discuss your application: craig@museumsassociation.org, 020 7566 7827.


Join programme partners from 10.00am on Thursday 8 December for short, informative presentations giving details of the Mindsets + Missions programme’s origins, goals and how you can get involved. This will be followed by a live Q&A for your chance to ask your questions. You can register now for free via Eventbrite.

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