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Making a museum

A report has been published looking into the attitudes, behaviours and skills needed in the UK museum workforce for the next 10 years.

The report, from BOP Consulting, was commissioned by Arts Council England, Museums Galleries Scotland, the Museums Association, and the Association of Independent Museums.

It shows where investment is most needed to best support the museums sector, and highlights areas of future development. 

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said:

"Workforce diversity needs to be a priority for everyone across the arts and culture sector. This report shows that we need to invest more in the workforce of museums at a time of rapid change. Everyone working in the sector should have the opportunity for personal development; that is the responsibility of funders, sector bodies and every museum.

“It should be a clarion call to all of us: the strongest asset of museums is their workforce and they deserve proper support and development.”

The report features 30 recommendations including:

  • Recruiting and developing a more diverse and flexible workforce
  • Developing different approaches to learning and training, such as long term methods like mentoring
  • There needs to be a greater emphasis on combining specialist skills, like collections, with a range of others, like business, leadership and digital
  • Organisations should become more flexible, agile and entrepreneurial
  • Funders and sector support organisations must encourage applicants to demonstrate a commitment to diversifying and supporting their workforce

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