Advice on Reopening Museums – Reopening Museums Toolkit

National guidance on reopening museums post-lockdown is being prepared by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and the Museum Development Network (MDN) and will be available in June 2020. 

In the meantime, some museums have already started thinking about reopening plans.  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 (34 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]
Staffing [Word Version]
Volunteers [Word Version]
Succession and Recovery Planning [Word Version]


Marketing [Word Version]
Access and Disability Inclusion [Word Version]
Schools, Learning and SEND [Word Version]
Finance [Word Version]
Social Distancing [Word Version]
Hygiene [Word Version]
Hygiene for Cafés and Catering Stations [Word Version]
Collections[Word Version]
Security [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 

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