Advice on Reopening

On Tuesday 23 June the Prime Minister announced that museums, galleries and historic sites can open to the public from 4 July 2020.


On Wednesday 24 June the government released national guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations.

The guidance is detailed, and encompasses carrying out effective risk assessments, advice around protection for workforces, PPE guidelines, managing inbound and outbound goods and temporary works at historic sites. The guidance also includes the need to contribute to the government’s Track and Trace system, by collecting and temporarily storing your visitors’ data for 21 days.

Please follow the link below to read the full guidance.

Government Reopening Guidance


The National Museum Directors’ Council’s (NMDC) Planning and Remobilisation Group have produced a set of reopening guidelines specifically for museums in England with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, (DCMS) and with contributions from across the museum sector.

Please read the guidance via the link below.

NMDC Guidance

Alongside this, a checklist has been produced by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and the Museum Development Network (MDN) to be used in conjunction with the NMDC Guidelines to help museums take a strategic, well informed approach to making decisions on reopening and implementing a safe and effective plan in conjunction with the national guidance for museums.

You can work through the AIM / MDN checklist via the link below.

AIM / MDN Checklist


The South East Museum Development team launched our Reopening Toolkit for museums in the South East in early June, which can be used in tandem with both the National guidance and the checklist mentioned above.

This document contains easy to absorb fact sheets, advice on the questions to consider when planning to reopen, and is aimed at teams at the early stage of planning their reopening.

You can download the toolkit via the link below.

Reopening Museums Toolkit

If you have any questions about reopening your museum, or would simply like to have a chat around the topic, then please do get in touch with your regional Museum Development Officer (MDO). Find the contact details for your region’s MDO.

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