Museum MOT

Museum MOT: Business Diagnostic Toolkit

The Museum MOT is a tool to help you track and assess the health of your organisation.

The aim is to help museums benchmark activity and identify what they are doing well, and areas that need improvement.

Through the Museum Development Network (MDN), teams from across England have worked together to create the Diagnostic Toolkit, which is now being tested in each region.

Museum MOT 2020

In 2018, we piloted the MOT toolkit with 10 museums in the South East with really positive feedback from both museums and Museum Development Officers.

We are now calling for 20 more museums to take part in the next round of the project, which starts in April 2020.   

How it works

At its heart, the Museum MOT is a self-assessment tool.

Participating museums will be sent a diagnostic questionnaire to complete with a small cohort from your museum.   We suggest this team comprises of 3 people – one senior manager or Trustee; one Front of House team member (staff or volunteer) and one other museum team member (e.g. curator, education officer, retail manager, etc).

Once the questionnaire is completed, one of our Museum Development Officers (MDO) will write and Advisory Report signposting to helpful resources and development opportunities.

The museum team is then encouraged to create an Action Plan.

A Museum MOT grant of £1,000 will be available for up to 20 museums to help them deliver an aspect of their Action Plan.

One year on, we will catch up with participating museums in a follow up visit/interview so see what progress has been made.

Who can take part?

The Museum MOT is open to:

  • Museums in the South East (Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight)
  • Museums must be Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation
  • Museums who are non-NPO and non-National

The Museum MOT is particularly useful for museums that:

  • are undergoing significant change
  • have outstanding Accreditation Areas for Improvement
  • require support to develop their Forward Plans

How to apply

Please contact your MDO with an ‘expression of interest’ by 13th March 2020.   The project will kick off in April 2020.

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