As we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, we know the coming months will be difficult for our sector. At Museums Journal, we are committed to impartial and constructive journalism, and we will be reporting the full scale of this crisis on museum, gallery and heritage institutions and their workforce.
Over the next few months, we will be gathering data to give a clear picture of what is happening across the UK, as well as exploring what needs to be done to enable the sector to recover and thrive. We hope that this will form a strong base of evidence to enable museums make the case for support to governments, policymakers and stakeholders, as well as finding solutions from within the sector.
We are concerned that the consequences may fall hardest on those who are already under-represented and underpaid in the museum workforce, including BAME and disabled people and those in junior positions or contract work. We are particularly keen to ensure their voices are heard.
We also know that museums and galleries are creative and adaptable, and we'd like to hear about the innovative ideas and projects that are emerging in the wake of the pandemic.
If you would like to share news of what's going on at your organisation in terms of redundancy, restructure or insolvency, or if you'd like to tell us about the impact that measures like furloughing are having on staff, please get in touch with us in confidence using the form below.
We're also keen to learn more about the consequences of increased health and safety regulations during the pandemic: has your organisation had trouble encouraging visitors to wear masks? Are new hygiene regimes leading to unforeseen costs? Tell us here.
Equally, if you have success stories or case studies to share on how your organisation is dealing with the crisis, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.