Advice on Reopening Museums – Reopening Museums Toolkit

Updated 07/08/20

The Reopening Museums Toolkit from the South East Museum Development team aims to support museums during these early stages of planning. The Toolkit provides practical advice and offers questions for museums to work through to help define their recovery plans. Please note that the authors are not legal or medical experts and check the latest Government advice.

You can download the full Reopening Museums Toolkit (56 pages) as PDF or WORD

Or, you can view separate sections on the links below, and download each corresponding fact sheet separately.

Fact Sheets

Are you ready to reopen? [Word Version]
Track and Trace[Word Version]
Staffing [Word Version]
Volunteers [Word Version]
Succession and Recovery Planning [Word Version]
First Aid Provision[Word Version]
Audiences [Word Version]
Marketing [Word Version]
Access and Disability Inclusion [Word Version]
Schools, Learning and SEND [Word Version]
Finance [Word Version]
Risk and Liability (Word Version)
Social Distancing [Word Version]
Hygiene [Word Version]
Hygiene for Cafés and Catering Stations [Word Version]
Museum Toilets[Word Version]
Museum Shops[Word Version]
Collections[Word Version]
Security [Word Version]
Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak[Word Version]


Appendix 1: Market Prospects for ALVA Members when the pandemic abates
Appendix 2: Interim Forward Plan
Appendix 3: Security Checklist
Appendix 4: Risk Assessment Template
Appendix 5: Example Cash Flow Graphs
Appendix 6: Example Cash Flow Heading
Appendix 7: Example Risk Assessment
Appendix 8: Personal Protective Equipment and Cleaning Suppliers
Appendix 9: Caring for Heritage Collections during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Appendix 10: Tips for making loan boxes 
Appendix 11: Reopening – public and Facility Manager anxieties
Appendix 12: Covid19 Site works risk assessment template
Appendix 13: Covid19 Inside premises risk assessment template
Appendix 14: MoP Re-Opening Plan – Priority Task List
Appendix 15: Sustainable approaches to Museum Waste
Appendix 16: Introduction to ticketing for museums and galleries
Appendix 17: Events Industry Forum – working safely in the outdoor events industry
Appendix 18: NHS COVID-19 early outbreak management_AHC
Appendix 19: Customer Logging_A toolkit for businesses
Appendix 20: NHS Maintaining Records of Staff Customers and Visitor Logs FAQs
Appendix 21: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
Appendix 22: NHS COVID-19 early outbreak management (tourist attractions)
Appendix 23: Safety Action Bulletin Example


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