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About the Project

The research will provide a contextual overview of UK museum governance. The report will be translated, published and distributed by a partner organisation in the People’s Republic of China so that the museum sector in China achieves a greater understanding of museum governance best practice. The anticipated audience is museum professionals working in China. The aim of the research is to provide museum professionals in China with examples of best practice in the UK, with a view to providing them with guidance that can be applied within their own institutions.

The Chinese museum sector has grown rapidly in recent years. Recent policy changes around museum governance have created demand for this piece of research. Existing research conducted by the British Council on the museum sector in China can be shared with the Supplier.

The aim of the report is to focus solely on UK policy and practice. Subsequently, expertise on China isn’t necessary. It is preferable that the applicant have experience connected with the UK museum sector. This report should contribute to a greater understanding of the UK museum sector and will be made available in the UK by the British Council.

The report should provide an understanding of the aims of the institution, mission, shape, responsibilities and limitations of the board. Case studies should be used to show how museum governance works within different types of museums (i.e. national, civic, independent and university museums) across the UK. The museum sector in China is particularly interested in how museums operate at arm’s length from government. Consequently, examples from the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Liverpool Museum and Tyne and Wear Museums must be included.

The research should close by providing a clear summary of museum governance in the UK.

The anticipated output is a final written report of around 10,000 to 15,000 words.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please read the request for proposals document for more information. Please apply by completing the application documents below and sending them FAO Katherine Peringer at

If you have any questions about the programme, points of clarification or questions about the application process please contact Erica Roscoe at

The closing date for applications is 26 June 2017.

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