MA helps museums to build resilience

Patrick Steel, 26.11.2014
New website section brings together best practice
The Museums Association (MA) is campaigning to help museums become more resilient, with a new section dedicated to resilience on the MA website bringing together best practice, and the latest news and case studies from across the sector.

The website section is another way in which the MA has provided practical solutions to help museums build resilience, including a dedicated Resilience Room at its annual conference in Cardiff earlier this year, and an event supported by Arts Council England this week designed to help delegates build a resilience plan for their museum.

The MA’s Cuts Survey 2014, published today, found that more than half of museums polled had received a cut to their income in the last year, and this has spurred the MA to expand its campaign to help museums build resilience with purpose.

MA director Sharon Heal said: “Becoming resilient has increasingly become a priority for museums as the economic crisis has made funding scarcer.

“We believe that museums need to be resilient with purpose, and that means adding value to communities and engaging with the public at every level.

“Many museums have already developed new business models, new ways of securing income and new visions for their organisations to cope with ongoing funding cuts.

“All museums can learn from best practice and take action to adapt to change.

“The MA will be pulling together the best examples from across the sector, and sharing them so that all museums can build resilience with purpose.”