Matt and Jess Turtle, Co-Founders of the Museum of Homelessness, UK at the CoMuseum Conference 2017  in Athens, Greece
Matt and Jess Turtle, Co-Founders of the Museum of Homelessness, UK at the CoMuseum Conference 2017 in Athens, Greece ©

Andreas Shoinas

Museums Revisited is an intensive capacity building programme that explores the role of museums in society today. The programme responds to the lack of skills and opportunities for museum professionals in Europe; facilitates dialogue between UK and European museums; creates new networks and partnerships, including between museums and other cultural and civil society organisations; and influences policy change in relation to the role of museums in society, local development, tourism and creative industries.

A major feature of Museums Revisited is The CoMuseum, an international museum conference that the British Council has been running for over a decade in partnership with the US Embassy in Athens and the Benaki Museum.

In 2020, The CoMuseum was launched as a physical and digital platform for museums and cultural professionals. Its goal is to share the best ideas and practices from around the world, highlight contemporary challenges and create a global network of professionals that will co-design a ‘culture-edge’ future for our societies.

As part of the programme, the Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy carried out an extensive qualitative research exercise engaging over 200 museums across Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The research focused on the skills gaps, challenges and key learning needs in each country. It explored how museums have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, how their roles are changing, and the types of collaboration and exchange museums are prioritising.

You can download the executive summary in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Find out more about Museum Revisited.