Covid-19 and global lockdowns have taken a significant toll on museums and cultural heritage institutions. In fact, UNESCO reveals that over 90 % of museums had to shut their doors at some point during the pandemic. While many museums have finally re-opened (with social distancing in place), the economic shortfall has been dire, and some institutions have buckled under the financial pressure, never to open their doors again.
In light of Covid-19’s impact on the cultural sector, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been commissioned to study the effects on museums in the country. They are calling on participants who work formally or informally in the cultural heritage sector to complete a 10-minute online survey
Cultural and creative industries include:
- Cultural and Natural Heritage
- Performance and Celebration
- Visual Arts and Crafts
- Books and Press
- Audio-visual and Interactive Media
- Design and Creative Services
- Support Activities
Firms, employees, and freelancers can participate in the voluntary survey, and information will remain anonymous. Research findings will be published on the SACO website. If you work in the cultural heritage sector and want to share your insights, be sure to sign up and share your experiences.
If you are missing museums, also check out these amazing virtual tours that you can do from home, for free! However, with museums opening up, don’t forget to support local heritage sites too and come and explore all that our Durban Local History Museums have to offer!