Join AIM for Organisations and Individuals

Aboard the Mail Rail train © The Postal Museum
Aboard the Mail Rail train © The Postal Museum

What does AIM do?

AIM is a national charitable organisation which helps independent and independently spirited 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 as well as museum consultants and commercial suppliers.

Any heritage organisation interested in building a prosperous future, is welcome to join AIM –  you don’t have to be independent or a museum.

We provide an independent viewpoint based on operational and business experience of running successful enterprises for the public benefit. New members are always welcome to join AIM’s thriving network to learn from their colleagues and share their expertise.

Want to join us? Click the button below to find out how to pay for membership securely online!

Buy Or Renew Your AIM Membership Online


Why join us?

Why join us?

Our affordable membership fees mean that all size museums, heritage sites and historic organisations can benefit from being part of the biggest network of museums in the UK.

As a member of AIM you can:

  • 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 e-news mailings
  • Get FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group to receive support, telephone advice and publications on a range of financial topics
  • Take advantage of a range of discounts on services and products from our partners
  • Hear about heritage and museum sector jobs
  • Get exclusive discounts for our popular national conference and trade show, where you can learn about new developments and network with colleagues
  • Advertise your Trustee vacancies for FREE to over 20,000 people in the heritage sector
  • Access AIM-member services such as the Energy Action Group, business rates helplines, AIM Trustee news and AIM Visitor Verdict
  • Access practical information on museum operation from our Success Guides, webinars, workshops and publications
  • Contact the AIM team for advice or support
What our museum members say about us

What our museum members say about us

“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


AIM Membership Prices 2019

AIM Membership Prices 2019

Small Museums (up to 20k visitors) and additional sites of multi-site organisations:  £60

Medium Museum (20,000 – 50,000 visitors):  £95

Large Museum: 50-100k visitors:  £150

Largest museums (over 100k visitors):  £400

Individual / MDO / freelance / support organisations (1 or no paid staff):  £65

Non-profit Support Organisations / Libraries / Archives (2+ paid staff):  £130

How to join AIM

How to join AIM

AIM welcomes new members and we welcome a chat with you about the best type of membership for you or your organisation.

If you would like to join, please click the buy or renew membership in the link below:

Buy Or Renew Your AIM Membership Online

Need help? contact Helen Farress or call us on 0333 305 8060

Buy Or Renew Your AIM Membership Online
Buy Or Renew Your AIM Membership Online

We are delighted to now offer secure online payments for either the purchase of AIM membership or for the renewal of an existing AIM membership

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FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group

AIM members can now receive FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group. Signing up takes seconds and you can add any Trustees, staff and volunteers to your membership at no cost!

Advertise A Job Vacancy With AIM

Do you have a museum or heritage sector job vacancy that you would like to promote? AIM can help you find the best candidates for your role by advertising vacancies directly to the sector

Advertise your business in the AIM Bulletin

Find out how to advertise in the bi-monthly magazine of the Association of Independent Museums and reach over 1,200 UK museums