State of the Region: museums survey 2013
Form to gather information about the current state of museums and galleries in the North East of England
This survey is to gather current information about museums, galleries and heritage sites in the North East. This information will contribute to the Bridge North East annual report 'State of the Region'. We appreciate your contribution to this, it will help us report more accurately on the current state of our sector in the region. Please state in the box below if you are happy to be published as a named contributer to the survey or if you wish to remain anonymous (we would still appreciate it if you could fill in your name and contact details)
Current political and economic climate
What do you think are the key current political and economic factors shaping the way museums and galleries are working today?
Please comment on any specific impacts this has had on the work of your venue/organisation
If your budgets or staffing levels been affected in the past financial year (April 2012 to now), how significant has the impact of this been to the service you provide to visitors?
Have you noticed a reduction in visitor numbers and group bookings? If possible, please supply information about the number of visitors and groups (including schools) from April to January. Any comments or thoughts about why there may have been a drop in visitors?
Looking ahead to the new financial year (from March 2013), what do you think will be the main challenges and changes for your venue/organisation in the current political climate?
Working with children, young people and families
How much investment does your organisation make in working with children, young people and families? Please comment on how this audience is catered for and how much staffing and budget is currently dedicated to it
Which of the following audiences have you engaged with since April 2012?
Early Years providers - e.g. nurseries, Sure Start, childminders
Home educated children and their carers
Looked After Children
Primary Schools - Reception, Key Stage 1 and 2
Middle and Secondary Schools - Key Stage 3 and 4
Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms
Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)
Teacher training courses
Families (as general visitors)
Specific family groups - e.g. dad's groups, young parents
Young people doing Arts Award or Arts Mark qualifications
Universities and Colleges
Other training course providers - e.g. apprenticeships
Adult learners in organised groups
Day Centres and Care Homes
Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools and centres
Referring to the above question, what types of engagement opportunities are currently offered to children, young people and families in your venue/organisation?
Please provide any statistical information for the current financial year (April 2012 to now) about how many activities you provided for this audience (inc. schools) and participation numbers
Overall, do you feel that your venue/organisation prioritises and values these audiences?
Do young people currently lead any activities in your venue and do you consult with them? If so, how? If not, are there any particular barriers to this happening?
Are there any groups of children, young people and families who you feel you are not currently engaging with? Why is this?
What would make the biggest difference to your provision for children, young people and families? In reference to what you think is currently affecting how you would like to work with them
Which of the following new developments in education are you aware of?
The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc)
Planned changes to the National Curriculum
Are there any areas from the above question that have already changed the way you are working with young people? How confident do you feel about museums and galleries keeping up to date with these developments?
Partnerships and Working Together
Which professional networks (regionally and nationally) do you currently benefit from? Do you think there is a need for any other networks or different ways of working in partnership?
Please describe how you are currently working in partnership with local schools, organisations and other museums. Are there areas of improvement to help make these more effective?
Do you understand how Bridge North East operates and how they could support you? If not, how would you like to receive information and support from them.
Do you have an understanding of who the Major Partner Museums are in the North East and their role?
Do you feel any of your previous partnerships (locally, regionally and nationally) have been affected over the last year by government changes and the financial climate? If so, please explain how they differ now.
Are you currently looking to develop any new partnerships or initiatives? What is your motivation for this?
Thank you for completing this survey, the State of the Region Report 2013 will be published in April. The Bridge North East team is committed to working with the museums sector to build stronger partnerships and support structures and we value your contributions.
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