The Committee is asked to approve the refreshed Business Plan and Performance Targets for 2019/20.
Mr Hargrave reported that targets set
for 2019/20 had taken into account that the Rodin Kiss and Tell
exhibition would be ending in April 2019 and no other major
exhibition was planned for Christchurch Mansion; likewise, the
Colchester Castle targets had been increased for 2019/20 in light
of the ‘Bling’ exhibition (now renamed as
‘Adorn’) due to commence in July 2019.
Mr Hargrave reported that Arts Council
England had put forward some comments on the Business
· Encourage sharing of audience data with other National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs)
Include risk implications, especially in relation to more ambitious
[the Risk Management Strategy and Strategic Risk Register would be reviewed at the June 2019 committee meeting]
In relation to the Equality Action Plan, increasing the diversity
of the workforce, in particular, trainees and volunteers
[a Community Advisory Group would be set up to help progress the Creative Case for Diversity and Equality, potentially in 2020/21]
Mr Hargrave reported that officers
would be meeting with Arts Council England at the end of the month
to further discuss the Business Plan.
Councillor Jones requested that the reference to the last Census on
page 3 of the Plan should include the date of the Census, and the
visitor profile data on page 4 should include the date when this
information was captured.
Councillor Jones commented that whilst the objectives of the
Creative Case for Diversity and Equality covered the protected
characteristics, it did not include those affected by economic
deprivation. Mr Hargrave commented that whilst this was not a
protected characteristic, it was a factor that was recognised by
Arts Council England, and museums should provide affordable
activities for this audience. Ms
Breadman highlighted that ‘work
with disadvantaged families’ was included under
‘Audiences’ within Section 4 – Aims.
Councillor Jones commented that it was not always easy to identify
those people affected by economic deprivation as they were often
scattered within the community. Mr Steward reported that he would
be updating Portfolio Holders on the work being done in conjunction
with the DWP in relation to families on low incomes.
Councillor Jones asked whether there was any measure of staff
morale. Ms Breadman reported that Colchester Borough Council
had recently undertaken a staff survey and the results were
currently being analysed.
Councillor Smart commented that on the structure chart it was not
possible to tell whether jobs were job-share and the number of
people actually employed. Mr Hodgson
reported that some posts were split across Ipswich and Colchester,
e.g. Exhibition and Display Officers; some roles were a combination
of part-time posts in order to provide cover across different times
of the day on a rota basis.
Councillor Jones asked whether Ipswich Museums and Ipswich Art
Gallery objectives and statistics could be set out separately as
the two venues provided a different offer. Mr Steward reported that the data could be
Committee agreed to incorporate the points raised by the Arts
Council England, and Mr Hargrave
confirmed that the final version would
be circulated following the meeting with Arts Council England at
the end of January 2019.
that, subject to incorporating the points raised in 18.2 and 18.4 above, the refreshed Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service Business Plan 2018-2022 and the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service Performance Targets 2019/20 be approved.