Museum Organisational Health Check


The Museum Organisational Health Check (previously known as 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, identify what they are doing well and define areas of work that need improvement.

Museum Organisational Health Check 2021-22

In 2020-21, we guided 15 museums in the South East through the second pilot phase of the Museum Organisational Health Check, and we asked all of our grantee museums to take part in a ‘light touch’ version of the Health Check with their MDO.

In 2021-22 we will guide 10 further museums through the Museum Organisational Health Check process, providing facilitated sessions to unpick your organisation’s needs and areas for improvement, as well as a full advisory report from your local Museum Development Officer. Access to a small grant fund will also be an option for the museums involved to action the development work determined by the process.

More information on how to apply for the 2021-22 cohort of museums is coming in Autumn 2021.

How it works

At its heart, the Museum Organisational Health Check is a self-assessment tool.

Participating museums were sent an online questionnaire to complete with a small cohort from their museum, with support from their MDO during a facilitated session.   We recommended this team comprised 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 was completed, one of our Museum Development Officers (MDO) reviewed it and wrote an Advisory Report signposting to helpful resources and development opportunities. The museum was then encouraged to create an Action Plan.

Museums who completed the Health Check were eligible to apply for a £1,000 grant from us to help deliver one item on their Action Plan in 2020-21.

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 Organisational Health Check was 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
  • Non-Accredited museums can take part in the process, but won’t be eligible to apply for the £1,000 grant.
  • Recipients of our Recovery Grants will not be eligible for the £1,000 grant.

The Museum Organisational Health Check 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

Details of the 2021-22 Museum Organisational Health Check will be available soon.

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