There are a wide range of networks across the region that our team work with, which focus on partnership working, shared training and peer support.

For Specialist Subject Networks (SSN), visit the Oxford ASPIRE website.

Ashford Heritage Network

The Ashford Heritage Network is for museums, heritage centres, sites and societies as well as historical and archaeological groups within the borough of Ashford.  The network aims to promote and share best practice, and meets twice a year, and produces a newsletter each quarter to keep its heritage organisations up to date with events and projects throughout the borough as well as heritage, training, grants and funding, archiving and other guidance.

The contact is David Robinson, Tourism and Heritage Development Officer, Ashford Borough Council:

Berkshire Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel

The work of the Hampshire Solent Museum Development team is informed and guided by an Advisory Panel of individuals drawn from the local museum community.

The Advisory Panel is a conduit between the wider museum community and the Museum Development Programme and ensures that their activities remain relevant to the needs of the local museums. The Panel Members, collectively and individually, act as “critical friends” to the Cultural Partnerships and Museum Development Officers by informing and guiding the delivery of the annual activity plan.

Berkshire Museums Group

The group is open to all museums in Berkshire. Organised by the MDO, the group meets three times a year, moving around the museums who take it in turns to host.

BOB Museum Development Advisory Panel

The work of the BOB Museum Development team is informed and guided by an Advisory Panel of individuals drawn from the local museum community.

BOBVol (BOB Volunteer Managers Group)

The group is open to all museum staff and volunteers with a remit for managing volunteers. Meetings are held regularly and are hosted by the member museums.

BOB Learning and Interpretation Network

‘BOBLI’ is a self-run network open to all museums across BOB and focuses on learning in museums. Members are learning officers, and staff and volunteers with a learning remit.

COG: Bucks Cultural Outreach Group

‘COG’ network is a group of Buckinghamshire based museums who have developed their network from a funding application.  The network regularly hosts meetings virtually and provides case studies and training sessions for the delegates who attend.

Collaborate SE

Collaborate SE is a Network open to all museums in the south east. It provides a forum for those staff working with young people aged 14-25 to share ideas and offer support.

Hampshire Military Museums Network

The Hampshire Military Museums Network is supported by the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme. Resources from this Network can be found here.

Learning Access and Interpretation Network (LAINet)

The Learning, Access and Interpretation Network (LAINet) is an information network for museum staff and volunteers with responsibilities for learning, access and interpretation, supported by South East Museum Development.

Inspiring Culture of Philanthropy Legacy Peer Support Group

This group was created following the successful Heritage Lottery Grant Catalyst project (2014-2018) which brought together a group of Hampshire and Solent museum staff, volunteers and trustees to enhance their fundraising capacity and bring new skills into the sector.

Isle of Wight Museums Forum

The Isle of Wight Museums Forum is an information and learning network for museums on the Isle of Wight, supported by the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme.

Kent & Medway Museums Partnership (KMMP)

The Kent & Medway Museum Partnership (KMMP) provides a forum for exchange of information, shared learning and discussion between the museums in Kent & Medway.

The Learning Liaison Forum (LLF)

Aims of the Group

  • To provide a more structured and collaborative liaison between education/Learning Officers and all related staff
  • The collaboration should lead to sharing of ideas and resources.
  • To provide a central database of contacts/organizations and resources for members to easily access
  • To deliver training and projects that support the above aims

The Museums of Surrey Education Group (MuSE)

MuSE is made up of staff from museums in the county who are interested in education and meetings offer an opportunity to meet other museum educationalists in the county.

Oxfordshire Museums Council

A self-run group that is formally constituted. OMC runs regular meetings and organises training and social events across for museums in Oxfordshire.

South Region Conservation Network

This group meets up periodically to discuss items related to working in the field of Conservation. This includes, but is not restricted to, tours of facilities, talks on specific subject matters, seeking advice from members and discussions of ethics, treatments, and methodologies.

SEWS Facilities Managers Forum

The Museum Facilities Managers Forum is a peer-to-peer learning group exclusively for facilities managers of museums and galleries to:

Share experiences of energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, security, maintenance and other facilities management issues and solutions Visit other organisations’ sites to see first hand projects implemented and technologies installed Gain ideas for initiatives to undertake and input from peers on projects in development Share recommendations for suppliers, finance models and potential funding schemes.

The forum is free to join and meetings free to attend, funded by South East Museum Development and co-ordinated by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.

For further information visit the forums web page on the Sustainable Business Partnerships website

The Surrey Museums Consultative Committee (SMCC)

SMCC is an umbrella organisation working on behalf of museums in Surrey through a partnership with the district and borough councils of Surrey and Surrey County Council (via Surrey Heritage).

The Sussex Museums Group (SxMG)

Sussex Museums Group is a cultural community dedicated to promoting, supporting and connecting museums and galleries in Sussex. The Group aims to promote excellence of all levels in Sussex museums, to provide a forum for Members to debate museum and gallery issues, and to ensure that Sussex museums have a voice in the cultural community.

Historic Swale 

Historic Swale is an Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which is an umbrella organisation set up to showcase the diverse and fascinating heritage of the Swale area. Swale is an area of North Kent which includes the towns of Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Faversham, and the surrounding villages.

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