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Economic Sustainability in Heritage Management

Economic Sustainability in Heritage Management
Skills sharing workshop
6th March 2015, M Shed, Bristol, UK
Notes by William Gaskell, Volunteer at Museum of East Asian Art (MEAA), Bath

Info about MEAA:

6-7000 visitors per year
4 full time staff, 4 part time staff

In order to approach funding background work needed:

·         Report on museum data to use as evidence when approaching funding opportunities
o   Photographs
o   Diary of how time/man hours are spent
·         Compare experiences with other museums
o   Use benchmarks/standard indices

Example of target groups of visitors:

·         Metro culturals – arty types
·         Experience seekers – looking for things to do
·         Commuterland [teenage] culture buffs – precocious people who want to pay for a superior experience

Data collection:

·         Use a tablet to time- and cost-effectively collect & manage data
·         Make time to deal with data without stress
·         Keep records of people you know for your own background checks
o   Use excel spreadsheet
o   Historical database of museum
o   Curator’s personal professional network
·         Bring people [within the organisation] on board by making it relevant to them

·         Keep record of time/date for data on database 


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