Symbiosis: a model of resilience for small specialist museums

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Symbiosis was an Arts Council England Resilience Round 2 project undertaken by MoDiP in partnership with 12 small museums with different specialisms. You can find out more about the project here.


Small museums must become more resilient. Deeper collaboration with industry is one way to achieve this. Symbiosis explores models of industry engagement with a view to helping small specialist museums, whatever their industry focus, to develop workforce skills in this respect.


The Symbiosis resource has four parts:

  • Survey of existing practice.
  • Sample interactions with industry.
  • Step-by-step guide to the process, including agreement and evaluation templates adaptable to the needs of different museums, industries and projects.
  • Benefits analysis.

Existing practice >