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Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

The guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors has just been published.  It sets out in more detail what the ask is of museums and galleries, the information to be collected, and how the records should be maintained. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace
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ICOM UK Extraordinary Committee Meeting, Monday 6 July 2020

The ICOM UK Committee meets quarterly.  The previous two meetings (7 April and 10 June) have taken place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to discuss urgent current issues (recent ICOM resignations, MDPP2, UK museums re-opening etc.) in advance of the ICOM Annual General Meetings (22-24 July) the ICOM ...
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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 25 June 2020

Below is a link to download the latest PDF Coronavirus bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government advice, including: Reopening museums and galleries from 4 July Guidance on reopening published by the NMDC with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group AIM and Museum Development reopening ...
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NMDC Good Practice Guidelines on Opening Museums After July 4th and AIM/MDN Checklist

Published by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group, these guidelines are intended to help employers, employees and the self-employed, and volunteers in the museum sector in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines should: provide a ...
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Interview with Eileen Ondusye Musandi, Head of the Exhibitions Section, National Museums of Kenya

ICOM UK has invited international curators to reflect on their experience of lockdown on their museum, their practice and their audience.  Catherine McDermott talks to Eileen Ondusye Musandi, Head of the Exhibitions Section under the Directorate of Antiquities, Sites and Monuments, National Museums of Kenya.   Eileen could you tell ICOM UK ...
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Catherine McDermott talks to Nick Richardson, Head of Collections and Preservation at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Catherine McDermott talks to Nick Richardson, Head of Collections and Preservation at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art.   Thank you so much for talking to us Nick. Will you tell ICOM UK members something about your museum? Unique ...
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ICOM UK Statement

As people across the globe stand in unity against racial injustice, ICOM UK stands with them.  We recognise that discrimination, oppression and dehumanisation are everyday occurrences for many people around the world.  Over the past months we have been reminded of systemic racism and deeply embedded inequality as black and ...
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Museum and heritage sector organisations issue joint statement of intent

As Black Lives Matter protests grow in the U.S., UK museum and heritage organisations have called for a step-change in how the sector addresses racism. The statement, drafted by Arike Oke, Director of the Black Cultural Archives highlights history and heritage as invaluable tools in the fight against racism and discrimination, ...
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IMD Think Piece by María del Pilar Riofrío, MUCEN, Lima, Perú

The pandemic, which forced the closure of museums around the world and separated them from their habitual communities, today requires rethinking new ways in which museums “are present”, as well as conceiving who is part of the museum in order to build a post-COVID “new museum era”. Is the museum in ...
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IMD Think Piece by Rubén Buitrón, El Brujo Arqueological Complex, Peru

Cultural heritage could fulfil a very pertinent role in society during the current crisis; as an expression of the historic processes of humanity, it constitutes a valuable source of knowledge for transformation, overcoming, inspiration and pleasure.  However, the emergency has revealed the most vulnerable aspects of the institutions that safeguard ...
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