Curators and conservators: how to prepare for the school holidays
Published 29 November 2016
The Australian Bureau of Statistics started collecting data on museum and gallery attendance in 1991. Since then, attendance rates have been on the rise for museums, art galleries and other cultural venues. Attendance at art galleries in particular has grown by 3.2 percent, attracting 11 million visitors a year.
That’s more people going to art galleries than AFL games.
Get set for summer
Attendance rates spike during the summer season, especially during school holidays. Last year the National Gallery Victoria reported that visitor numbers for its Summer Series far exceeded its attendance forecasts, and many other cultural institutions face big summer crowds too.
Are you ready for the summer school holiday season?
Dealing with an influx of visitors takes planning and preparation. You’ve got your visitor programs in place, but is everything right behind-the-scenes?
As the school holidays begin, ask yourself:
Have your volunteers been properly inducted and trained?
Do you have a Voluntary Workers Group Personal Accident Policy in place to cover them?
Have you organised cover for collections and artefacts while they’re in transit, or in storage?
Are your designers, conservators and other contractors covered under your insurance?
Prepare for the school holidays now. You’ll thank yourself in the future.
Don’t let poor planning ruin a great summer. Think about your risk management and business continuity plan, put the right insurance policies in place and then go and enjoy the busy school holiday season. Here are some reasons to help you out: