Space for Learning: Covid Secure guidance for museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts sites

The guidance was developed by members of the Space for Learning: Covid Secure working group and individual task and finish groups, with support from the Clore Duffield Foundation, Engage, Group for Education in Museums (GEM) and the Theatre Education Forum (TEF).

This work is support working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance aims to provide a practical framework to think about what is needed to continue, or restart, learning services during the Covid-19 pandemic and to support the health and wellbeing of workers and audiences.

You may find it helpful to start with the checklist of questions and then consult the sections that are relevant to you.

The guidance should be read alongside other relevant Covid-19 guidelines published by HM Government and is intended to supplement advice published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Department for Education (DfE), the Scottish GovernmentWelsh Government and associated bodies such as the National Museums Directors Council and Museums Galleries Scotland.

About Space for Learning
Space for Learning was originally published in 2004 by a consortium including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Clore Duffield Foundation, Arts Council England, the Department for Education & Skills, the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and others. In 2015 some of the original partners came together with other agencies to produce a new and updated version, with online case studies and additional material.

In 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Clore Duffield Foundation, Group for Education in Museums (GEM), Engage (the network for gallery education), and the Theatre Education Forum (TEF) have worked together to draw up guidance on how learning spaces in museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts sites can manage the risk of transmission and be ‘Covid Secure’ when they reopen, and to consider how their programming will need to change and adapt.

The 2020 project established task & finish groups drawn from learning teams across the cultural sector to develop guidance. Updates will be made to the guidance on the website as more information, case studies and examples of best practice become available over the coming months.

Visit the Space for Learning website for more information.