This project responds to Recommendation 26 in the Mendoza Review: an independent review of museums in England. This asks Historic England to work with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to review the maintenance and conservation issues for museums located within listed buildings and how to support them.
The aims of the project are to: gain a better understanding of the current condition of the historic built estate of museums; gain an understanding of the pressures, issues and challenges facing museums in maintaining their historic built estate and their impact; to develop a realistic narrative around the options and issues for museums.
This project will deliver research and reporting, taking a selected sample group of 50 museums to produce robust data on the current condition of museums and issues affecting repair and maintenance of their historic estate. It will analyse the pressures, issues and challenges facing museums and draw statistically robust wider conclusions for museums in England.
This is a partnership project for Historic England, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and DCMS.