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MDY Learning Cohorts for 2021-22 – Apply Now

In 2021-22 we are continuing with our successful programme of themed learning groups known as Cohorts.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with colleagues across the region to discuss, reflect, network and access high quality training for free!  Feedback from museum participants consistently highlights the great benefits of being involved.

1 March 2021

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Covid 19 Updates – 26 January 2021

Closed Business Payments

The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions that began on 5 January 2021.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £9,000 from their local council.

26 January 2021

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Covid 19 Updates – 13th January 2021

Grants of up to £9,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors

One-off top up grants are available to help businesses through to the Spring. The cash is provided on a per-property basis to support businesses through the latest restrictions, and is expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion in total across all nations of the UK.

13 January 2021

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Support Opportunities for 2021- 2022

We have published our Support Opportunities for 2021- 2022.   The guidance notes and links to the application form are available at:   We know that the needs of your museum are changing fast.  For this reason, we are going to run two application rounds for support in 2021-22: a first round in January/February […]

7 January 2021

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Christmas Elevenses Recipes

Try making these historical Christmas recipes from museums collections all over Yorkshire. Sweet Sour Tart from The Cook’s and Confectioner’s Dictionary: Or, the Accomplish’d Housewife’s Companion by John Nott (1723). Gingerbread Biscuits – Ryedale Folk Museum from the Ryedale Recipes book. Moulded Gingerbreads – Ryedale Folk Museum from the Ryedale Recipes book. Christmas Relish (Piccalilli) – Dales Countryside […]

17 December 2020

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Covid 19 Updates – Guided Tours

The government has updated its guidance on guided tours at heritage sites

Indoor guided tours can go ahead in tier 1 provided it is possible to ensure that groups of more than six (or larger if they are from one household/support bubble) do not mingle with each other. Indoor guided tours can go ahead in tier 2 if it is possible to ensure that groups of single households/support bubbles do not mingle on a guided tour. In tier 3 indoor attractions are closed.

8 December 2020

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Covid 19 Updates – 1st December 2020

Local Restriction Tiers in Yorkshire

The local restriction tiers were announced on 26 November. You can check which areas are in which tiers on the Government’s website. 

1 December 2020

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Covid 19 Updates 24th November 2020 – Three Tier System

Three tier system from Wednesday 2 December

From Wednesday 2 December, the current national restrictions will end and England will return to a three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions. The government will announce which areas are in which tier on Thursday 26 November. We recommend that you read the government’s full guidance on the tier system and the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

24 November 2020

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MDY Small Grants and Covid Essentials Support now available

New Covid Essentials Support

In response to the ongoing crisis and demand from museums, we are launching Covid Essentials to help you better survive now and prepare to reopen and relaunch your site.  We are encouraging projects of up to £500 with NO match funding. There is a total fund of £3,000 and we anticipate supporting around six projects.

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Request to Quote: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultancy

Request to Quote: We are inviting proposals for a consultancy contract to support us in enabling museums in Yorkshire & the Humber to better understand, embed and champion equality, diversity and inclusion as core to all areas of their work. The deadline for submissions is Monday 4th January 2021. Download Request To Quote

19 November 2020

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