The Mapping Museums research team has been awarded £190,000 to investigate and analyse risk, closure, and resilience in the UK museum sector during the pandemic.
The project combines qualitative and quantitative research, and it has three inter-related strands.
- Developing new ways to collect data on museums. We will use web-scraping techniques, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis to digitally track trends as they emerge. The data will be analysed with respect to museum characteristics – such as governance, location, and size – to provide a nuanced understanding of the sector at a given moment.
- Checking and validating the information generated by big data collection.
- Analysing the conditions that underpin risk, closure, and resilience through interview-based research.
PI: Prof Fiona Candlin, Co-Is: Dr Andrea Ballatore, Prof Alexandra Poulovassilis, Dr Jamie Larkin
Funding: UKRI AHRC Rapid Response Scheme • Grant Ref: AH/V015028/1.
Project website: museumsinthepandemic.org