News & Opportunities

Here you will find all the latest news and opportunities from around the region and nationally. Just click on the 'show tags' button on the left under the calendar to filter the information to your requirements.

Security Review 'sharing day'

Accredited museums must obtain expert and objective security advice for collections at least every five years and plan to implement any recommendations.  We are interested to find out if there are museums in west Kent who are due a review of their security arrangements and would benefit from a 'sharing day' with a consultant security advisor to help meet the Accreditation requirement. Please contact to register your interest.

South East museums' resounding success at Beautiful South awards

It was a fantastic night for South East museums at Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for Excellence last week.

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, was awarded Gold in the 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year' category (pictured, top). The short list for this category was dominated by South East museums and galleries, with the Silver shared between Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent and Marwell Zoo, Winchester Hampshire (which has actively partnered with SEMDP through its involvement in LAINet) whilst Bronze went to Osborne, Isle of Wight.

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Hampshire won 'Best Community Tourism Business' (pictured, bottom). Bursledon Brickworks also won Bronze in the 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' category.

The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey, won Silver in the 'Access for All Tourism Award' category.

The Beautiful South Awards are now in their 24th year and recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards.

Warm congratulations to the fantastic teams of staff, trustees and volunteers behind these amazing successes and for putting the South East's museums firmly on the tourism map.