Join AIM



AIM is a national charitable organisation which helps independent museums, galleries and heritage sites prosper by connecting, supporting and representing them. Our membership ranges from voluntarily run community organisations to some of the largest museums in the country and includes museums, historic houses, heritage organisations, ships and historic railways; linking them all is an independent spirit.

AIM membership is open to any museum or heritage site – you don’t have to be independently run to join us! We also have many members that are private businesses or freelance consultants who join us as supplier members.

Our affordable membership fees mean that all museums, heritage sites and historic organisations can benefit.

Benefits of membership:

  • Be part of a thriving network of museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the UK
  • Apply for grants exclusively available to AIM members and be the first to hear about other grants for museums
  • Keep up to date with museum and heritage news through the bi-monthly AIM Bulletin and fortnightly eNews mailings
  • Get exclusive discounts for our popular national conference and trade show, where you can learn about new developments and network with colleagues
  • Get FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group to receive support, telephone advice and publications on a range of financial topics Find out more about what’s available here. 
  • Access AIM-member services such as the Energy Action Group, business rates and exhibition tax rates helplines, AIM Trustee news and AIM Visitor Verdict
  • Take advantage of a range of discounts on services and products from our partners
  • Hear about heritage and museum sector jobs
  • Advertise your trustee vacancies for FREE to over 20,000 people in the heritage sector
  • Access practical information on museum operation from our Success Guides, webinars, workshops and publications
  • Contact the AIM team for advice or support.

Membership prices 2020:

Small museums (up to 20,000 visitors) and additional sites of multi-site organisations £62
Medium museums (20,000 – 50-000 visitors) £98
Large museums (50,000 – 100,000 visitors) £155
Largest museums (over 100,000 visitors) £400
Individual / MDO / freelance / support organisations (1 or no paid staff) £67
Non-profit support organisations / libraries / archives (2+ paid staff) £134
Suppliers/Consultants £160
Associate Suppliers £355

How to join AIM

To join us, you can simply fill in an online form and pay via card, bank transfer or request an invoice from us. Please click the button below to find the best option for you:

Buy Or Renew Your AIM Membership Online

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Farress or call us on 0333 305 8060.

Suppliers and consultants

If you are a private business or freelance consultant, by joining AIM, you become part of the thriving independent museum sector. Our supplier members can benefit from discounts at our National Conference trade fair, invitations to AIM events, advertising opportunities in the AIM Bulletin.

Find out more here or use the buy or renew link above to join AIM today.

What our members say

“Mary Rose benefits from AIM Membership in a number of ways. Firstly, the networking and shared learning with colleagues is invaluable. Secondly, AIM tackles the issues that are taxing us all and comes up with pragmatic solutions. The recent introduction of the Charity Finance Group helpline service has been very useful, and we have also benefitted from AIM initiatives to challenge business rates. Finally, the advocacy that AIM does in the wider sector to ensure that the voice of independent museums is heard, has great value for all of us.” Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust

“AIM is the ultimate professional ‘one stop’ support for all independent museums.” Sue Barnes, The Bugatti Trust

“Our membership of AIM benefits us by broadening our access to sector best practice, giving access to funding opportunities, and helping us with our training needs and recruitment.” Peter Turvey, Trustee & Chair, Crofton Branch, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

“Being a part of AIM gives us access to a wider support network and family! We know that we can go to AIM for advice on a range of topics, and more than that, being a member means that we can take advantage of grant opportunities and workshops that would otherwise not be open to us. For us, being a member of AIM has more than benefited our organisation – it has helped improve it!” Sarah Hayes, Coffin Works & Museum Manager

“AIM works hard to support museums through its free success guides, access to funding opportunities and provision of training, and advocacy on behalf of our sector. It’s important that we support AIM back through membership. The Roald Dahl Museum sees AIM as a forum to share our lessons from mistakes and success with colleagues, to help us learn in return from the mistakes and successes of others. No two museums are exactly alike, but AIM helps us find our common ground.” Steve Gardam, Director, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre


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AIM Grants

AIM can offer member museums a variety of grants to support different areas of your work