It was confirmed yesterday that in England, as of May 17th, indoor entertainment venues may reopen, in line with details such as the Rule of 6 or 2 households, social distancing etc, masks.
Your museum, venue or gallery may have had plans for weeks, already announced a date for reopening, perhaps even be taking bookings and selling tickets. Or you may have had to wait for the confirmation of changes before your management were willing to confirm and say anything. You might even be in a difficult place of being unable to reopen, or unwilling to just yet.
Either way, I bet that there's an uptick in your query emails, so to help as the same answers need to keep being provided in a chipper tone, how about a game of bingo?
One of the reasons I love museum twitter is that it's the slightly more relaxed, dare I say, sillier, side of social media interaction. And there's a LOT of interaction.
When Merchant Adventurers' Hall got a unicorn stuck in the roof, they recieved advice and jokes from plenty of people, including Mary Rose Museum, the US National Archives, Aston Hall Museum (who offered to train a squirrel), King John's House (who suggested a traditional Lion), the Royal Engineers Museum (terifying helicopter thing), Fountains Abbey just being smug that they don't have a roof...
It's a very organic, human feeling, approachable, relatable place on this part of twitter, and well worth spending a little time in.
It's time for another round of "Hi, this email contains plans and dates based off the assumption of the museum reopening on May 17th, but we have no idea if that'll happen, but we need to plan for something, so that we have a plan we can adjust as required."
The majority of museum, heritage and arts industry networking events I see leave a very definite chasm for a certain type of museum worker to try and cross over. An event may be welcoming, have good word of mouth, even be free to attend, but if it's held during the hours of the standard working week, there's your problem. It's not too complex to add greater access to networking events though.
Let's start with the issue, where events held during the standard working day assume that people either:
(Bear in mind that for many museum and gallery staff, their normal working week also includes weekends, and for some it includes regular evenings up to 10.00pm, but I'm talking broad strokes here)
I was recently made aware of a facebook post containing some very useful content if your job is at risk from redundancy, or you're worried it might be. You may also find some of the content helpful if your role is secure but redundancies are happening around you (managing survivor's guilt).
Full credit, this list was shared in the MA Workforce Covid Support Group on Facebook, but as that's a private group, I can't just reshare the original post, so here are the links in full, in a format anyone can access.
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