South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Museums Association calls for responses to Collections 2030 discussion paper

The Museums Association has published a Collections 2030 discussion paper and a series of research questions, and is looking for responses from across the sector. Collections 2030 is a major new research project that seeks to understand the current state of museum collections in the UK, and – in collaboration with the sector – identify how to make the most of museum collections over the course of the next decade.


The research will be guided by two main themes: the culture of collections - how collections can be used and what we think they are for - and infrastructure - what we need in place to make our collections effective. People who work in and with museums will be asked to think about how collections could be used and managed by 2030.


The work builds on the findings of the recent Museums Taskforce convened by the Museums Association, the recommendations of reports, such as the Mendoza Review of Museums in England, the Welsh Expert Review of Local Museums, the English Civic Museums Network think piece, the Art Fund’s Why Collect? report, and the MA’s Collections for the Future report from over a decade ago.


You can take part in the Collections 2030 discussion in a number of ways. The primary way to give your feedback is by responding in writing to the questions throughout the discussion paper. You can reply as an individual or as an institution on the MA website, and submissions are open to freelancers, policy-makers, funders, communities, members of the public, and other stakeholders. Institutional responses are particularly welcome, and institutions are encouraged to set up a meeting of relevant people to discuss the questions and ideas in the discussion paper and formulate a joint response.


Online discussions of the issues raised in the paper are encouraged using the Twitter hashtags #collections2030 and #museums2018.


The deadline for submissions is 23 November 2018. To read the discussion paper and to participate, please click here.