Space for Learning

School children admire the view from the Clore Studio at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Photo Ady Kerry

Covid guidance

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

These webpages are to help learning services and freelancers understand how to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. They aim 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 can also download this guidance as a pdf to use offline.

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 Government, Welsh Government and associated bodies such as the National Museums Directors Council and Museums Galleries Scotland.

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).

The guidance is correct to the best of our knowledge as of 2 December 2020 and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Please note that all links in this guidance were verified as of 1 October. However, as the world re-opens, change is constant and inevitable. We will endeavour to keep information up to date; but do check back regularly to official advice channels and if you have a query, please contact us on to discuss.

Space for Learning Covid Guidance: Online workshops

The following free workshops will explore the guidance and how learning services from museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts sites can continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Future-proofing learning services Thursday 18 February 16.00-17.30

How do learning services in museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts sites plan for the next year and beyond? How can we respond to the challenge of continuing a digital offer alongside the upscaling of onsite activity? How can we collectively support each other? What support do we need to ask for from the wider sector, funding bodies and government?

Supporting staff – Thursday 18 March 16.00-17.30

How do we best support staff and volunteers to feel safe returning to on-site working in our learning spaces? What measures should we have in place? What do risk assessments need to cover? What practical examples are there of learning teams supporting staff wellbeing? What knotty issues might we need to be prepared for?

Book via Eventbrite.

Delivered in partnership by the Clore Duffield Foundation, Engage, the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) and the Theatre Education Forum (TEF).