Dcms Museums And Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 7 June 2021

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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 7 June 2021

Below is a link to download the latest PDF coronavirus bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government information advice, including:

  • the announcement of the criteria for the fifth grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Step 4 will take place no earlier than 21 June. DCMS will provide further information as to what the relevant measures are, and when it will take place, as soon as they can.


Register for the online ICOM UK AGM on Thursday 10 June, 12:00 – 13:30

The ICOM UK 2021 AGM takes place online 12:00 – 13:30 on Thursday 10 June 2021. We welcome and encourage all members to attend. The formal AGM business will be followed by an informal networking opportunity for members.

Members need to register for the AGM before 16:00 on Wednesday 9 June at https://zoom.us/j/96439090423?pwd=NzZyOCtXWjJ3T3ZqemRzQ3ByMmpBdz09

AGM Agenda:

12:00 – 12:10 Join the Zoom meeting

12:10 – 13:00 AGM Business

The agenda and papers for the AGM were emailed to members on Thursday 27 May 2021 and will be sent again on Tuesday 8 June.  The emails are sent via MailChimp so please check your spam and junk folders if you have not received the emails.

13:00 – 13:30 Informal Members Networking

ICOM UK members have the opportunity to network in small Zoom breakout rooms. There will be 3 x rounds of approx. 10 mins each so members have the opportunity to network with as many members as possible.

Members need to register for the AGM before 16:00 on Wednesday 9 June at https://zoom.us/j/96439090423?pwd=NzZyOCtXWjJ3T3ZqemRzQ3ByMmpBdz09

Barker Langham films for the cultural sector

In March 2021, Barker Langham produced three hour-long films for the 2021 Working Internationally Conference organised by ICOM UK and NMDC.   These films explored and debated some of the most significant global issues affecting museums and the cultural industry today: social justice, sustainability, and the future of museums.

Presenting a series of interviews with museum professionals and cultural professionals from around the world, the films aim to give a different perspective and present new ideas to prompt reflection and encourage change.

Barker Langham is making the films and an accompanying brochure available to museums, arts organisations, cultural professionals, educational institutions and students, with the objective of continuing discussion around these important topics.

Download the brochure.

Watch Just Outcomes: Conversations about Museums and Social Justice

Watch Testaments from the Age of Humans: Museums and Sustainability

Watch Responsive Futures: Where are we now, and where do we go from here?


Advanced Negotiation Techniques for Museum Directors & Professionals Webinar on 14 October 2021

The Corona crisis has hit museums particularly hard. Museum Directors are bound to cut costs and renegotiate projects, budgets, contracts with providers or even insurances.

Global is organising an inspiring Advanced Negotiation Techniques seminar for museum directors & professionals with a world authority: Prof Cullen, founder of the renowned Oxford University negotiation programme.

The session takes place on Thursday 14 October 2021.

For more information write to NegoMusea at info@globalmagevents.com

Art Fund new grant programmes 2021

Art Fund has launched a £2million Reimagine grants scheme, designed to inspire creativity, and increase stability across the sector.

The aims of the programme are to support organisations as you transform your activities following the lockdowns and help build expertise, capacity, and connections to help achieve your aims for your organisation and your public.

Small grants of £5,000 to £15,000, and large grants of £15,000 to £50,000 are available in three funding rounds.

First application deadline: 5 July

Reimagine grants are designed to inspire creativity and also to increase stability in the sector. Art Fund can provide funding for projects that:

  • enable experimentation rooted in the current context for your organisation
  • include meaningful engagement with diverse audiences
  • result in greater expertise within the sector.

Reimagine grants have been developed in consultation with the sector. Art Fund is grateful to you for helping them shape the programme.

These new grants are not intended to provide ‘emergency’ or ‘recovery’ funding. However, they have designed this scheme to exist within and address the present, challenging environment, and to prepare you for the future.

The aims of this programme are:

  • to support organisations as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic;
  • to help organisations build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the sector.

Art Fund wants to fund projects that meet both aims and address at least one of our priority areas for support:

  • Collections
  • Digital
  • Engagement
  • Workforce

The Reimagine programme incorporates and replaces former project grants (Respond and Reimagine, Professional Network Grants and Small Project Grants).

For more information visit the Art Fund website.

Museums professionals in Belgium are asking to implement a transparent restitution policy, to work on an equal footing with former colonies, and to give back generously

That is what academics, curators, and heritage specialists are asking the Belgian authorities. They have presented a report on ethical principles for addressing the restitution and management of colonial collections.

In October 2018, some 60 academics and staff from the academic and museum and heritage sectors asked in an open letter for more discussion and for guidelines to be drafted regarding the restitution and management of African cultural heritage in Belgian museums. To encourage the process, a number of them set up an independent group of experts tasked with providing a starting point for these guidelines. The result can be read in the document “Ethical Principles for the Management and Restitution of Colonial Collections in Belgium,” the result of more than two years of research.

 The group does not consider the ‘Ethical Principles’ to be the end of the discussion, but rather a contribution to the overall debate. They are an invitation to all those who wish to contribute to reflecting on necessary reforms in policy, law and institutional practice with regard to collections acquired in a colonial context. Further discussion should proceed in collaboration with diaspora and other communities and countries of origin as well as with governments and the heritage sector in the respective countries. The group also urges the creation of opportunities for wider public debate on this issue.

 The group has formulated the following principles:


The Ethical Principles are only one part of the broader need and responsibility for critically examining the colonial past. The group therefore supports the work of the special parliamentary commission to investigate Belgium’s colonial past (DOC 55 1462/001). At present, Belgium is the only former colonizer to opt for such a broad approach.



There is currently no overview of colonial collections in public institutions and private hands in Belgium. Such collections come from Central Africa, but also from other former colonies. The term “collecting” covered a wide range of activities, some of which involved brute force. All were characterized by a fundamental lack of equity. For an effective restitution policy, a transparent and broad overview of these collections is indispensable.



Closely linked to the overview is the need for a new type of provenance research, which should include more research collaboration with provenance countries and communities, more opportunities for these countries and communities to establish priorities in such research, and additional funding for this type of research. While the intensification of provenance research is important, we also draw attention to the limitations of provenance research in providing conclusive answers about all collections and objects. Therefore, this group recommends the development of different pathways for restitution—based on provenance research as well as practical or ethical considerations.



Despite the common perception, there is currently no absolute legal obstacle to the restitution of colonial collections in the public domain, although it remains difficult in practice. Existing international, European, and national legislation and regulations for the protection of cultural heritage are inadequate. We therefore believe that new legislation is needed to facilitate the practice of restitution. The group supports the ‘Bill for the Restitution of Colonial Heritage’ by Dr. De Clippele and Prof. Dr. Demarsin.



Claimants can be nation states, regional or cultural groups and individual descendants of creators or owners. To adopt a claim, non-state actors preferably need the support of the state on whose territory they reside. However, the group strongly advocates the inclusion of non-state actors.



Vincent Boele, Curator of Americas & Oceania Collections, MAS Museum Antwerp

Lies Busselen, Researcher on human remains in colonial collections – H.O.M.E., RMCA

Marie-Sophie de Clippele, PhD Law, Postdoctoral researcher F.R.S.-FNRS, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles

Els De Palmenaer, Curator of the Africa Collection, MAS Antwerp

Roselyne Francken, Curator of the Asia Collection, MAS Antwerp

Sarah Van Beurden, Associate Professor of History and African Studies, The Ohio State University

Annelies Van de Ven, PhD Archaeology, Postdoctoral researcher F.R.S.-FNRS, Université catholique de Louvain

Yasmina Zian, PhD History, Postdoctoral researcher, Université de Neuchâtel, Université Libre de Bruxelles


in collaboration with:

Leen Beyers, Curator and Head of Research, MAS Antwerp

Tara Chapman (HOME project), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Hugo DeBlock, Guest Professor of Anthropology, Department of Languages and Cultures, School of African Studies, Ghent University

Katrijn D’hamers (FARO, Flemish institution for cultural heritage)

Nicole Gesché-Koning, art historian and anthropologist, honorary professor Royal Art academy Brussels and ex-assistant at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Billy Kalonji, President of COMRAF (Comité de concertation entre le Musée de Tervuren et les Diasporas africaines), expert in cultural diversity and inclusion

Anne Wetsi Mpoma (historienne de l’art, fondatrice de Wetsi Art Gallery, asbl Nouveau Système Artistique)

Jos van Beurden, PhD Humanities, senior researcher colonial collections and restitution, Free University Amsterdam

Dr. Pauline van der Zee, art historian, Gent

Hein Vanhee, curator and researcher at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren


ICOM Belgium (final editing). ICOM Belgium is not responsible for the content, but stimulates with its contribution the current discussion in Belgium about colonial heritage.



Katrijn D’hamers (FARO, Flemish institution for cultural heritage)

Sarah Van Beurden, Associate Professor of History and African Studies, The Ohio State University

The Ethical Principles for the Management and Restitution of Colonial Collections in Belgium can be read at www.restitutionbelgium.be


If you have any questions about the Ethical Principles, please contact:

– French: Yasmina Zian (Yasmina.Zian@ulb.ac.be) and Marie-Sophie De Clippele (marie-sophie.declippele@usaintlouis.be)

– Dutch: Sarah Van Beurden (sarah.vanbeurden@gmail.com) and Hugo DeBlock (Hugo.DeBlock@ugent.be)

– English: Sarah Van Beurden (sarah.vanbeurden@gmail.com)

Or at restitutionbelgium@gmail.com

Save the date ! Collecting the traces of the Covid – Tuesday June 15th from 1pm (Paris time)

Tuesday, June 15th
from 1 to 2:30 pm (Paris time)
meet and discuss on Zoom
“Collecting the traces of the Covid:
how will museums bear witness to this page in world history ?” 
Between objects and ideas, how have museums collected traces of Covid?
How is this pandemic observed, experienced and narrated by museums?
Did the pandemic highlight the educational role of museums in the face of “fake news”? What place should be given to digital technology and digital evidence?
What are the consequences for museum collections and their professionals?

Come to share and discuss with:
• Foteini Aravani, Digital curator at the Museum of London
• Emilie Girard, Scientific director of collections at Mucem (Marseilles)
• Elisabeth Ioannides, Education curator at the EMST & Art-psychotherapist (Athens)
• Maria Ollilla, Curator at the National Museum of Finland (Helsinki) & Secretary of the TAKO Network for Collections Management and Contemporary Documenting in Finland
• Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset, President of ICOM Costume, Fashion and Textiles
• Jacob Thorek Jensen, Board member of CIMUSET & Curator at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Denmark ( Elseneur )
Links to the session :
Meeting ID :  879 0629 6669
Secret code: 853196
The session, organised on Zoom, will be moderated by Estelle Guille des Buttes, Chief curator of heritage & Deputy treasurer of ICOM France.
It will be held simultaneously in French, English and Spanish.
The session is open, without prior registration.

Call for papers: Invisible Reconstruction – Cross disciplinary responses to disaster and approaches to sustainable resilience

Deadline for papers: 20 June 2021

Invisible Reconstruction – Cross disciplinary responses to disaster and approaches to sustainable resilience

1 September 2021, DMUCH Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

This international and interdisciplinary conference, to be held online in the 10th anniversary year of the Great East
Japan Earthquake and on the anniversary of the Kanto earthquake of 1 September 1923, will focus on approaches
to preparedness and prevention, and on the invisible, intangible processes of societal mending required following
man-made, natural and biological disaster.

Physical reconstruction alone can be superficial and risks creating fragile, brittle and insecure societies and the
conference seeks responses to disaster that promote societal mending and psychological wellbeing. In a hyper-
connected and always-on world, solutions rooted in localisation, reduced transport and the rediscovery of
traditional skills and culture can provide security and resilience but risk creating protectionism and isolation.
Conversely global travel and social mobility create opportunities for psychological support and economic recovery
but risk disaster tourism and reinforcing existing vulnerabilities.

Public space is vital to the creation of safe, sustainable communities, and essential for providing refuge and
release in emergency. The conference will promote the role of public spaces and place-making in societal
mending, building resilience and stimulating the consolidation of localised cities.

In the context of the COVID-19 emergency, the conference will examine the impact on societies of remote
collaboration, home-working and distance learning and question whether communications technologies provide
solutions and opportunities or exacerbate isolation and vulnerability. Looking at societies where the pandemic has
superimposed a further crisis on a pre-existing state of emergency, the conference will look at how experiences of
catastrophe can provide insights to build sustainable, resilient societies.

Invisible Reconstruction seeks the exchange of global knowledge and experiences to change current thinking on
disaster preparedness and recovery and promote best practices that understand the lasting benefit of reinforcing
and repairing the intangible threads that create societies.

Natural, biological and man-made disasters disproportionately impact the marginalised and economically
underprivileged, from children and the elderly, to the physically impaired, placing increased burdens on women
and further impacting refugees and migrants. These categories have paid the highest price as a consequence of
COVID-19 and the pandemic has exposed underlying fragilities and the inequality of access to technology, to
shared resources and to open space.
• How can disaster responses avoid compounding pre-existing vulnerabilities?
• How can public space reduce social inequality and create places of safety, refuge and release?
• How can societies improve access to technology for the most vulnerable and what lessons can be learned from the

Education and Schools
Schools, universities and museums are key to community cohesion and societal resilience, yet their importance is
often forgotten in disaster response. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fragilities at the different stages of the
educational process, further highlighting those of the educators themselves and the importance of maintaining
physical contact to preserve psychological well being.
• As adaptable, polyvalent public spaces of participation and refuge, how can schools protect from disaster, provide
safety and promote recovery?
• What is the role of education in promoting resilience and social cohesion in communities at risk?
• In a rapidly changing world, how can cultural educators such as schools, universities and museums support life-long-learning and adaptation?

Participation and Engagement
A core aspect of the conference will be the role of communication in raising risk-awareness, planning for disaster
response, promoting post-disaster public engagement and in ensuring institutional transparency. Communication
is key to individual mental wellbeing as well as to the long-term success of social reconstruction.
• Can social media support societies impacted by disaster, reinforcing and extending the sense of community and
reconnecting fractured social bonds?
• How can information technology empower communities to participate in processes of recovery?
• Are ground-up initiatives the key to sustainable, resilient recovery and preparedness?
• How can remote participation support in-loco initiatives and how can global engagement promote local recovery

Art, Culture and Intangible Heritage
Art and culture provide a sense of identity, bring social cohesion and can be a focus for participation, engagement
and sustained recovery. Conversely war and natural disaster provide the ideal conditions for looting and the loss of
cultural heritage. The loss of physical access to art and culture during the COVID-19 emergency is exacerbated by
the collapse of the cultural economy.
• How can the cultural sector recover from disaster and what is its role in stimulating economic recovery?
• How can digitisation and information technologies promote and protect cultural heritage, maintain access to culture
and support artists following disaster?
• How can communities affected by disaster re-engage tourists without being subsumed by disaster tourism?
• Does the rediscovery of intangible culinary and agricultural traditions and of craft processes provide a basis for
unique experiences, sustainable tourism and for global-facing localised communities?

• We invite submission of abstracts limited to 1000 words identifying the applicable session and theme
• Each presentation slot will have a maximum duration of 8 minutes
• Abstracts and presentations to be in English
• Collected abstracts will be published online prior to the conference
• The conference will be held online with an in-presence element; the final programme and conference link will be published in the
last week of August
• Contact editors@invisiblereconstruction.com

Important dates
• Call for 1000 word abstract 20 June 2021
• Acceptance 30 June 2021
• Submission of video presentations 30 July 2021


IWM free online event – Exploring creative ways of telling stories around conflict

The IWM War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network will be hosting a day of online talks exploring creative ways of telling stories around conflict.

This day will cover topics including selecting archival material to interpret in a new way and advice on working with artistic practitioners, and there will opportunities to ask questions and share your thoughts.

This event is aimed at those interested in innovating their practice, and in particular SSN members who are intending to apply for the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund.

You are welcome to attend as many talks as you wish on the day, and we will email the joining link to you.

This event is run by Imperial War Museums’ War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network.

View the full programme and book your place.