Sticks and Stones: bullying in museums

The bullying questionnaire is now closed 
No sector is free from cases of bullying and this includes museums. Up until now there has been little, if any, research undertaken into bullying within the sector. 

In May 2019 the Museums Association (MA) launched Sticks and Stones, a research project to tackle the issue. We received a huge response from people interested in getting involved or who wished to share their experiences.

We have since developed a number of resources to further this research and provide baseline information about the nature, scale and impact of bullying.

Confidential Questionnaire 

The Sticks and Stones questionnaire is now closed. Over 500 responses were completed which will provide invaluable insights into the scale and nature of bullying in the sector, and how to address it. We would like to thank everyone who shared their experiences and observations. 

"We appreciate that reflecting on these situations may have brought your experiences back," says Tamsin Russell, professional development officer at the Museums Association. 

"We are now in the process of analysing the responses and these will be brought together and an executive summary be shared with the Working Group and beyond to help develop recommendations at a sector, organisational and individual level."

A research report with these recommendations will be published in spring 2020.

If you want more information about this research, recommendations or would like to share an experience in our Close Up anonymised stories then please email Tamsin Russell,


If you need more support or advice, we have compiled a list of groups, networks and sources currently available to help you. 

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