Illustration: Jean Jullien


Paul Glinkowski, Issue 119/04, 01.04.2019
What does digital mean for your institution?
Last month, Arts Council England launched the fifth Digital Culture Survey with innovation foundation Nesta. The survey asks questions about how arts and cultural organisations use digital technologies to deliver their work, and its impact.

Technology is having a huge impact on society, including museums. Organisations are changing their relationships with the public through social media, fundraising via mobile technologies, and using virtual reality to transform the ways in which visitors experience collections – and that’s only scratching the surface.

As a major funder and development agency for museums in England, we need to understand what organisations are doing, and how we can help them to take advantage of changing technology.

By providing us with a detailed picture of how museums use digital technology and how this has changed since our last survey in 2017, the Digital Culture survey will help us to support the sector as technology continues to evolve.

We’ll publish the findings, including a factsheet looking at digital trends in museums, in September. Before then, we want to build a picture of technology in the cultural sector that reflects its diversity, hearing from as many museums as possible, of all types, shapes and sizes. So if you’re in charge of digital work at a cultural organisation in England, contact before 3 May to request a link to the survey.

Paul Glinkowski is the senior manager, arts and technology, at Arts Council England