Publications & Research

Annual Reviews

M&G NSW reports on our year’s activity in our Annual Review. They detail the outcomes of our programs and projects and provide information about our funding and financial position.


Covid-19 Sector Survey – Report 2021

Museums & Galleries of NSW recently conducted a survey of museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres in NSW to get more information on the short and long term effects of COVID-19 and related restrictions on the sector. Participants were asked to complete a short questionnaire about the impact on their organisation. The survey was timed for one year after our 2020 survey in which we saw wide-sweeping consequences for the sector.

While predominantly designed to look at longer term affects and changes in the sector slowly returning to ‘business as usual’, the survey does reflect some of the impacts of increasingly restrictive conditions in Greater Sydney and certain regional areas beginning in June 2021.

The subsequent Greater Sydney lockdown had broader implications for the state at large, which was reflected in the responses of the participants and was followed by a state-wide lockdown, the impact of which is ongoing.

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Covid-19 Sector Survey – Report 2020

In 2020, Museums & Galleries of NSW undertook research to begin to ascertain the economic and operational effects that the initial shutdown and continued restrictions had exacted on the sector. The results of our survey show that many organisations suffered significant financial losses and were forced to cut programs as well there had been a reduction in staff and volunteers.

In line with the Federal Government directions, museums and galleries across NSW were closed from 25 March 2020 and permitted by the NSW Government to re-open from 1 June 2020.

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2018 NSW Museum & Gallery Sector Census2018 NSW Museum & Gallery Sector Census

During the latter part of 2018, Museums & Galleries of NSW undertook a comprehensive survey of the sector. It was the third major census of the small-to-medium museum and gallery sector with previous censuses having been undertaken in 2013 and 1999.

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