AIM launches new research project

AIM, with our partners Welsh Government and National Museum Directors’ Council and support from Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, is delighted to announce a pioneering new research project exploring museum use and management of land, landscapes, green- and blue spaces.

M·E·L Research has been appointed to deliver this research, which is set to explore the multifaceted roles of land ownership, stewardship and management within museums and heritage organisations across the UK, highlighting their impact on community engagement, environmental sustainability, and cultural heritage stewardship.

Project background

In a world increasingly attuned to the importance of cultural heritage and environmental sustainability, museums and heritage organisations find themselves at the intersection of education, community involvement, and ecological stewardship. These institutions are unique in that they not only safeguard cultural and historical assets but also manage extensive natural resources, positioning them as potentially key players in promoting biodiversity, climate resilience, and societal well-being.

Despite the vital role of land management in these organisations, there is a noticeable lack of comprehensive sector-wide research addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by their landscapes. This project aims to bridge this gap by conducting an in-depth analysis of land use within the sector, exploring how these assets can support the institutions’ missions and contribute to broader societal goals.

Get involved

If you would like to take part by giving your views, or simply to keep up to date on project progress from MEL Research, you can find out more about the research methodology and sign up here>>

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