MDY Learning Cohorts 2022-23

MDY Learning Cohorts 2022-23

Learning cohorts are open to museums of all sizes and types in the region.  We have received very positive feedback from museums participating in learning cohorts.

The cohorts bring together groups of museums with a shared development interest to learn through training, mentoring and networking, sometimes supported with a small grant for implementing new practices.

We welcome all museums based in Yorkshire and the Humber as members of cohorts, including NPOs and National Museums. However, NPOs and National Museums are not eligible for MDY grant funding, if this is on offer to the cohort.

Your museum can be involved in as many cohorts as you have capacity to attend. Cohorts may involve approx. 3-6 one-day (or equivalent) meetings over the course of the year, as well as a commitment to implementing new learning in your museum. To benefit fully from participating, we expect a commitment by one lead person to attend all meetings, and some museums will also find it helpful to send a second or different attendees to different meetings. All participants bring something different to a learning cohort, so everyone is welcome – regardless of where your museum is in its development process, or of your existing experience.

This year we are running 6 Cohorts:

Collections at the Heart

Connect collections documentation to your forward plan

  • Taking a positive approach to collections documentation and management​
  • Linked to your role as custodians and giving excellent public access and interpretation​
  • We have places for 6 museums available would suit volunteer or professional staff with a basic knowledge​
  • At the end you will have a plan that addresses the shortcoming in your museum’s documentation and putting access to collections at the heart of your museum​

Click here to read the information document for Collections at the Heart cohort

Front of House

This practical and interactive programme is now in it’s 6th year the programme features networking, peer support, mentoring and high-quality training

The programme is a mixture of in-person and online sessions

2022 programme will cover:

  • Visitor Journey
  • Complaint Handling
  • Developing Tours
  • Focus on Families – 2 sessions led by Kids in Museums
  • Access for All – improving your offer for disabled visitors
  • Staff support and development – e.g., Charter for Change, security measures and inductions

Click here to read the information document for the Front of House cohort 

Non-NPOs can access bespoke mentoring in 1 area: customer service standards, developing tours, access, families, staff/volunteer support

Any questions? Please email


Everyday Innovation

  • Led by an expert in Innovation
  • Innovative thinking
  • Idea generation
  • Idea development and implementation
  • Develop a community of practice

There is an availability for 6 museums (12 people)


First Principles

FP helps people who want to set up a museum for the first time, or people who are on the way to become a museum.

  • They may be people who are new to the sectors workforce or who volunteer.
  • FP is focused at people who want to learn the basic principles of museums to imbed, navigate and understand the sector
  • Three online workshops


Health and Wellbeing

  • A development programme to build knowledge in this area and confidence and skills in programming
  • Group meet 3-5 times throughout the planning cycle (combination of in-person and online)
  • Sessions will cover overview of Health and Wellbeing, future opportunities (such as Social Prescribing), Young People and wellbeing (exclusive session with Kids in Museums) , how to evaluate projects effectively and supporting the H&W of your staff and volunteers
  • MDY works closely with experts in Health, Social Prescribing and Evaluation and attracts speakers from a range of stakeholders and regions
  • All museums offered bespoke mentoring

Any questions? Please email

Click here to read the information document for the Health and Wellbeing cohort 

Raising and Earning Money

Introduction to fundraising and enterprise for the uninitiated

  • Sources of funding and revenue
  • How to build your fundraising or business case
  • How to manage relationships
  • Value propositions, financing and pricing model

6 museums (12 people)


Expressions of Interest

We are now accepting Expressions of Interest for our Learning Cohorts 2022-23.

Please click here to find out more and to apply