Our museum professionals can visit your institution to provide an expert and independent assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and potential of your organization, from visitor engagement and safety to financial planning and administrative structure. The goal of this exercise is to help you get more visitors, and to maintain eligibility for lucrative provincial and federal funding.
Our goal at every stage of assessment is to determine and relay with strictest confidentiality and honesty, how your institution measures up to the standards comprising the minimum requirements for provincial funding eligibility in Ontario. We will also try to give you a sense of how your institution compares to other heritage sites in your region and throughout the province.
Preliminary Consultation & Report
Our most basic assessment service is a pro bono site visit and assessment from a curator and/or conservator. This generally takes half a day, but depends on the size and needs of your institution. While we do not charge a fee for the site visit or the initial report, we do require reimbursement of travel expenses. The visit becomes more affordable for you if we visit neighbouring institutions at the same time—not to mention the added perspective provided by a regional survey.
The ideal time for a free consultation is immediately after a community event such as a regional fair, where we can take an extra day to set up a booth to advertise our services and promote small museums in the region. Following our visit we will send you an initial report with an assessment of your institution’s health in ten areas and proposals for next steps.
To arrange for a consultation please contact us.
In addition to the pro bono report we can provide your institution with a detailed sustainability audit that will assess many aspects of your museum or historic site in depth. The audit will be tailored to your institutional needs, with a focus on meeting provincial standards.
To arrange for a sustainability audit please contact us.