Coronavirus update

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Although the WMMD team are working remotely please be assured that we are very much here to support the region’s museums through this challenging time so please contact us via email if you need specific advice and we will do our very best to help.

We are providing updates to DCMS through Arts Council England on museums at risk of permanent closure with permission from the museums’ governing bodies to share this information.

If your museum falls into any of the following categories please contact us immediately by emailing

  • Imminent danger of closure by the end of September
  • Those at risk in October – December
  • Those at risk in early 2021

All cultural organisations’ priorities are undoubtedly changing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and they are assessing the impact on their people and organisation.  The WMMD programme is also changing in response and we will be contacting all the region’s Accredited Museums asking a small number of questions which will help us to develop the support we will offer over the coming months.  Keep up to date with these developments by continuing to visit our website or signing up to our mailing list.

In the meantime we are pulling together advice and guidance from across sector which can be found below grouped under the following headings:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Museums facing closure
  • Reopening advice and guidance
  • Funding
  • Wellbeing
  • Communications
  • Collections care
  • Restructuring and redundancy

Advice and guidance

A range of advice and guidance for the sector during this time can be found here. This page is being updated regularly so please check back for updates.

Museums facing closure

Museum funders and sector bodies have an agreed co-ordinated approach in response to situations when museums or collections are at risk.

Reopening advice and guidance

National guidance on reopening museums has been published.


Find information about the emergency funds currently available for the sector. Please check back regularly for updates.


Find information about advice on how to support people through this challenging time.


The way museums are communicating with staff, volunteers and their audiences has changed dramatically. Find information on digital communications and how to be accessible online.

Collections care

Find advice and guidance on collections care during lockdown.

Restructuring and Redundancy

This page aims to provide links to resources to help organisations and individuals through restructuring and redundancy.  It is being updated regularly so please check back for updates.

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