Other useful resources

As well as the guidance that we have issued, numerous other organisations and networks have produced useful resources for responding to Covid-19.

Advice, guidance and information

Association of Independent Museums: Conservation and care of collections
Guidance from the UK Heads of Conservation Group on collections care including access, security, risk assessment, collections care checks and emergency plans.

Information Commissioner’s Office: Freedom of Information (FOI) and data protection
Guidance and advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office on FOI and data protection during the pandemic, and details of their telephone support line.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: How Covid-19 is affecting the heritage sector
A short piece by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Head of Research, Data & Insight on the key findings from their recent survey asking organisations how they have been affected by Covid-19.

Arts Council England: Meeting the Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) conditions
Arts Council England have issued advice on meeting the security and environmental conditions for GIS, in light of the ‘shutdown’ announcement by Government whereby venues must close and travelling to work is only permitted if essential. While intended to advise organisations with loans under Government Indemnity, other organisations without loans under GIS may still find it useful.

Canadian Conservation Institute: Caring for heritage collections during the pandemic
This resource was developed by an ad-hoc task force at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to help staff from heritage institutions ensure that collections and heritage materials remain safe.

Finances and funding

UK Government: Support for businesses
Comprehensive guidance on support for business from the UK Government.

Arts Council England: Emergency Funding Package
Details of the Arts Council’s emergency funding for National Portfolio Organisations, organisations outside the National Portfolio, and individuals. There is also information for organisations that are currently in receipt of funding from the Arts Council, and details of further support available from government and non-government sources.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Emergency Fund
Details of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Emergency Fund, providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites that the National Lottery Heritage Fund has previously invested in.

Digital advice and resources

Arts Council England: Digital Culture Network – Tech Champions
The Digital Culture Network provides practical support to the arts and culture sector, principally through its Tech Champions. This helps organisations to explore and harness the benefits of technology to achieve their goals, find new ways to reach and engage audiences, and develop sustainable business models. This page introduces the network and tells you how to get in touch with a Tech Champion.

Arts Council England: Digital Culture Network – Resources
This page has details of resources and support whilst the events page lists webinars, YouTube videos, and other resources to help you with digital engagement. It also helps with using technology more widely within your organisation, such as using Google Analytics, creating video content, and using remote working tools.

Resource hubs

Association of Independent Museums: Covid-19
This page includes a business resilience checklist, and links to the Charity Finance Group’s guide for charity finance professionals.

Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance: Coronavirus resources for practitioners and organisations
This page has links to the support available from a range of funders, as well as digital and analogue creative resources. It also links to online events, digital training, and health and wellbeing-related resources.

Heritage Alliance: Covid-19 Guidance Hub
This page provides a range of links, many of which relate to the charity sector, legal issues, communication, and digital. There are also links to the guidance, advice, and information from members of the Heritage Alliance, including the Institute of Conservation.

Local Government Association: Information for councils
This page has been created to act as an information, advice and guidance hub for councils. It includes links to information and guidance on many topics, including communications and statutory council responsibilities such as data protection.

Museums Association: Resources for organisations and individuals
Questions and answers for organisations and individuals, including relevant links covering a range of topics.

Museum of London: Covid-19 resources and information
Links to general information, and a range of guidance on business continuity and security of collections. There is also collections care advice from the Museum of London’s Collections Care team.