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Irish Museums Association

Applications by: 12:00, 25 June 2021

The Irish Museums Association (IMA) is seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to conduct a piece of research and report on the museum sector across the island of Ireland.

Context

The Irish Museums Association (IMA) is a not-for-profit organisation representing the museum community across Ireland (all-island). It is governed by a voluntary board of directors drawn from the membership and grant-aided by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and The Heritage Council of Ireland. Among its programmes in support of the museum sector, it carries out research and advocates for the development of museums.

There is a significant knowledge gap concerning the current state of Irish museums, with our existing data now seven years out of date. Since then, we have experienced full recovery from a recession, significant investment in museums though the Decade of Commemorations, and a global pandemic. The aim of this project is to establish an accurate picture of the ‘state of play’ for Irish museums, informing efforts to prioritise actions for museum support organisations, allow individual institutions (particularly small to mid-sized local and community museums) to develop their own plans for advancement, contextualised against national data, and identify further areas of potential research.

Objectives

The principal aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date, and broad account of the Irish museums sector and its activities.

It will seek and collate self-reported museum data on general information (size, location, facilities, opening hours, etc.); programmes and activities; governing authority; staffing and training; budgets, funding and development activity; collections size and scope; access and education services; and visitor data (including tourist and local/national visitors). The research will include community, county, regional and national museums (approximately 200) across the island of Ireland.

It is intended findings will provide an accurate picture of the museum sector in 2019 and 2020 and, by adopting as a model – and updating – iterations of the Irish Museum Survey carried out in 2015 (Mark-FitzGerald, Emily. 2016), 2004 (Duggan, Charles. 2005), and 1994, providing longitudinal data for comparison, and highlighting recent developments and challenges for the sector.

The objectives of this project are:

  • to reflect the current state of Irish museums’ structures, funding, and activities
  • to identify current trends that may affect museum policy and provision, reflecting both on progress made to date and future challenges
  • to identify further areas of potential research, prioritise actions for museum support organisations, and allow individual institutions (particularly small to mid-sized local and community museums) to develop their own plans for advancement, contextualised against national data.
  • to disseminate accurate information on Irish museums to the professional sector, academic institutions, policymakers, and the public.

Requirements

The research will include revision and updating of the previous Survey questionnaire, initial contact with museums, delivery of the questionnaire, survey completion assistance (where relevant), collation and analysis of data and finalisation of the report.

Schedule:

Report must be completed by mid October 2021. It is envisioned that collation and analysis of data will take place during the period July, August and September 2021.

Further details:

Contact Gina O'Kelly at director@irishmuseums.org for further details of this tender, including information to be submitted and evaluation criteria, or for queries.


Published: 31 May 2021

Tender submission deadline: 12:00, 25 June 2021

Contracting organisation: The Irish Museums Association Company Ltd By Guarantee