• Army Museums Ogilby Trust
    Specialist Organisation The AMOT website is approved by the Ministry of Defence as the definitive guide to the regimental and corps museums of the British Army throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM)
    Specialist Organisation The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums, a non profit-making group, exists to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest to transport and engineering museums and to provide a means of representing their views on issues of national and regional concern
  • Association for Industrial Archaeology
    Specialist Organisations The AIA is the national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting the great variety of this country's industrial heritage. Industrial architecture, mineral extraction, heritage-based tourism, power technology, adaptive re-use of industrial buildings and transport history are just some of the themes being investigated by our members.
  • British Aviation Preservation Society
    Specialist Organisations The British Aviation Preservation Council links national, local authority, independent and service museum with private collections, voluntary groups and other organisations in the advancement of aviation preservation.
  • Collections Trust
    Specialist Organisation The Collections Trust is the new UK organisation for collections. Our aim is to improve the quality of life by ensuring that cultural collections are available for use and enjoyment by everyone, now and for the future.
  • Heritage Railways Association
    Specialist Organisations A guide to the entire heritage railway scene (including tramways, cliff railways and steam trains) in the UK and Ireland. Search for preserved railways by name or map location. There is also an Events Diary showing events for all heritage railways for the next 2 to 3 months, a Links Database with over 700 entries, a Locomotives Database with nearly 3,000 entries and Railway Glossary
  • Heritage Afloat
    Specialist Organisations HA is a national voluntary organisation active in every type of ship or boat preservation across the UK.
  • National Association of Road Transport Museums
    Specialist Organisations The National Association of Road Transport Museums (NARTM) is the representative body for organisations or individuals with collections of historic buses and coaches, goods vehicles and other large road vehicles who wish to make their collections accessible to the public. NARTM represents the large majority of UK road transport collections and now has some 90 members with more than 3000 historic vehicles in their collections.
  • National Historic Ships
    Specialist Organisation National Historic Ships, with its governing Advisory Committee, was established in 2006 as a non-departmental public body reporting to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport with a specific remit to advise the Secretary of State and other public bodies on ship preservation and funding priorities. One of the principal aims is to provide useful information to a range of audiences, including vessel owners, statutory bodies, funding organisations and the general public.
  • Transport Trust
    Specialist Organisation The Transport Trust is the only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain's unique transport heritage in all its forms - by air, land (road and rail) and water (sea and inland).
  • University Museums Group
    Specialist Organisation UMG supports and advocates for the university museum sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. University museums in Scotland have their own organisation, UMIS which works closely with UMG. UMG is a membership organisation, open to HE institutions with responsibility for museums, galleries or collections and individuals interested in furthering the work of UMG.
  • British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM)
    National Organisation BAFM is an independent organisation established in 1973, for Friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites. BAFM represents 200,000 Friends and Volunteers across the UK. It offers a friendly and practical network of support from people with first-hand experience of running Friends organisations, acts as a clearing house for common problems and their solutions, and is a central source of information about Friends for Friends. BAFM has links with a variety of organisations such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Resource - the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries; the Museums Association; the Association of Independent Museums; Area Museum Councils; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; the Charity Commission; and the National Centre for Volunteering. BAFM is a member of the World Federation of Friends of Museums. BAFM holds national and regional events, provides a 'Handbook For Friends', a 'Handbook for Heritage Volunteer Managers & Administrators' and a multiplicity of Information Sheets. A lively journal is produced three times a year, and an attractive Insurance scheme is available for members. BAFM's Co--ordinators are responsible across the UK for individual geographical areas.
  • Northern Ireland Museums Council
    National Organisation The mission of NIMC is to support local museums in Northern Ireland in maintaining and improving their standards of collections care and services to the public, and to promote a coherent framework of museum provision.
  • East Museums Service
    Regional Museum Federations Since April 2002, EMMS has operated as an important forum and regional network for all museums and heritage organisations in the East Midlands. EMMS provides its members with a wide range of services to support them in their work. Our membership includes Local Authorities, independent museums and heritage groups, the regional branches and properties of English Heritage and the National Trust, universities and individual members.
  • Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales
    Regional Museum Federations The Federation is the organisation for all museum workers, both paid and voluntary in Wales. It exists to promote good practice in the museums and galleries across the country and to provide a forum for discussion of museum issues affecting members. The Federation arranges regular seminars and lectures and also produces its own newsletter, YMAG logo. We organise training days, run an e-mail group for help and discussion and can grant aid personal research by museum workers through the Cefni Barnett Fund.
  • London Museums Group
    Regional Museum Federations Established in 2006, London Museums Group is the representative group of all museums and the museum workforce in the Greater London area. All individuals working in and for museums and related organisations in London, whether paid or unpaid, whether directly or as freelancers, can become members of the wider London Museums Group.
  • North West Fed
    Regional Museum Federations The NWFED (formerly the North West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries) is one of ten federations in the UK and was the first to be founded in 1927. The group exists to support all people working in, or with a professional interest in, museums, art galleries and heritage organisations in the North West and Isle of Man, including volunteers. It provides for their development, advocates for their work and strengthens them through partnerships.
  • Museums North
    Regional Museum Federations
  • Scottish Museums Federation
    Regional Museum Federations Established in the 1930s, we have members throughout Scotland from local authorities, universities, national and independent museums and galleries. Membership is open to all and we welcome curators, collections managers, registrars, museum assistants, volunteers, students, education staff and senior managers. We serve the interests of all who work in museums and galleries in Scotland by being a stakeholder in a quality cultural sector. The Scottish Museums Federation encompasses wide-ranging views as a non-political membership body and aims to: Provide networking opportunities in a friendly atmosphere Be a dynamic forum for information and discussion of the issues that affect museums and galleries Encourage creativity, enjoyment and personal development in the museum and gallery sector
  • South Midlands Museum Federation
    Regional Museum Federations SMMF seminars, master classes and study trips are unique. They offer both professional development and unrivalled networking opportunities across nine counties. We know that the South Midlands area is hard to define, but this is one of our strengths. SMMF welcomes members from a wide range of museums to share their experiences and voice their views and concerns on the big national issues to Mark Taylor at our AGM. The annual study trip to visit museums overseas and see behind the scenes is a great opportunity to see how other countries organise, fund and value their museums.
  • South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
    Regional Museum Federations The South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries (the SW Fed) is a voluntary subscription based organisation, representing the museum sector along with Art Galleries in the South West of England. The Federation was formed in 1931 and since then has continued to be the one truly representative and independent voice for museums and the paid and volunteer staff who work in them.
  • Yorkshire and Humberside Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
    Regional Museum Federations Founded in 1931, the Yorkshire and Humberside Federation of Museums and Galleries was one of the first regional federations to be established. It is the only dedicated membership organisation for people working in or for the benefit of Museums and Galleries in the region. It exists to represent, support and develop its members through regular meetings, newsletters, training, consultation and lobbying.

Other Links

  • Association of Cultural Enterprises
    Specialist Organisation
  • Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)
    National Organisation The 42 members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) comprise the majority of Britainís biggest and best known attractions, and are responsible for managing some 1,598 tourist sites. Between them they welcome over 100 million domestic and overseas visitors each year - some 25% of the visits made annually in the United Kingdom. To qualify for membership, the attractions must host over a million visitors per year at their singly or centrally-managed sites and be in accord with ALVAís mission statement and quality standards. Current members include many of the UKís most famous museums, galleries and heritage sites whose international standing makes them a magnet for overseas visitors, as well as mass-market commercial leisure attractions which are renowned throughout the world. They seek to provide people with the highest quality in terms of visitor experience, presentation, interpretation, education, service and enjoyment. They are at the leading edge of Britainís tourism industry, making substantial contributions to the UKís economy and employment and together, commanding influence and respect in both government and non-government circles.
  • Arts Council England (links to regional offices)
    National Organisation Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.
  • Charity Commission
    National Organisation The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established by law as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales.
  • Culture 24
    National Organisation Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, event listings and education resources from thousands of UK museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries, all in one place.
  • CyMAL
    National Organisation Cymal is the division of the Welsh Assembly Government that advises and supports museums, libraries and archives in Wales
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
    National Organisation Our aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries. We are responsible for Government policy on: the arts, broadcasting,creative industries including: advertising,the arts market,design, fashion, film, the music industry, publishing, historic environment, internet and international ICT policy, licensing and gambling, libraries, museums & galleries, the National Lottery, press freedom and regulation, sport, telecommunications and broadband tourism. Our responsibilities also include listing of historic buildings, scheduling of ancient monuments, export licensing of cultural goods and management of the Government Art Collection. The Royal Parks Agency is an agency of DCMS. We also have responsibility for humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster such as the London bombings, as well as the organisation of the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph. We work jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on design issues, including sponsorship of the Design Council
  • English Heritage
    English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, we are an executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Our principal powers and responsibilities are set out in the National Heritage Act (1983).
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
    National Organisation Valuing our heritage, investing in our future Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage though innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. As the largest dedicated funder of the UKís heritage, with around £255million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge, we are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported almost 32,000 projects allocating £4.7billion across the UK.
  • Historic Houses Association
    national Organisation The HHA represents 1500 privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain's unique heritage.
  • National Centre for Voluntary Organisations
    National Organisation The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. We give voice and support to civil society. NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector. This is a sector with the power to transform the lives of people and communities for the better.
  • National Trust
    National Organisation The National Trust is a charity and is completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations. We have over 3.6 million members and 55,000 volunteers. More than 14 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit our open air properties. We protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. But it doesnít stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.
  • National Trust for Scotland
    National Organisation The National Trust for Scotland is a conservation charity. We are independent of Government and we are Scotlandís largest membership organisation Ė 308,000 and growing. 2011 is our 80th Anniversary. We were established in 1931 in order to protect and promote Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. As a charity, we depend on donations, legacies, grants and membership subscriptions so that we can act as guardian of Scotlandís magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures.
  • Museums Galleries Scotland
    National Organisation The membership organisation for over 340 museums and galleries throughout Scotland.
  • Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
    National Organisation Leading strategically, the MLA promotes best practice in museums, libraries and archives, to inspire innovative, integrated and sustainable services for all.
  • Collectionslink
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