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.

Its role is:

  • Maintaining a joined up network of museum professionals across Kent & Medway
  • Developing partnerships and projects within the group and with other organisations where appropriate
  • Advising and assisting the progress of Museum Development  initiatives as funded by Arts Council England, (see page 3 for more information on this element)
  • Providing guidance on key local and sector needs
  • Offering expertise, support and advice to members and the wider museum community where possible
  • Coordinating lobbying actions on key issues on behalf of the wider museum community
  • Sharing and disseminating the information and lessons learned from members’ work with each other and the wider museums sector
  • Assist in the shaping of the development of sector priorities through providing consultation and advice
  • Undertaking training/CPD opportunities that the group see beneficial to their work

Representatives of the following organisations are members of the group:

  • Canterbury Museums & Galleries
  • Dover Museum & Bronze Age Boat
  • English Heritage
  • The Guildhall, Rochester
  • The Historic Dockyard, Chatham (Chair)
  • Kent & Medway Museum Development Officer
  • Kent County Council
  • Kent Museums Group
  • Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
  • National Trust
  • Powell-Cotton Museum
  • Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive
  • The Turner Centre
  • Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery
  • Representative from the Kent Museum Mentors Network (KMMN) if appropriate
  • Representative from the Kent & Medway Learning and Access Group (KMLAG) if appropriate
  • Any other person(s) that the group would like to invite on occasion.


The KMMP will meet four times a year, at quarterly intervals.


The meeting location will move around the member venues in turn, or be held at a mutually convenient or central location.


No money to cover travel, or any other expenses, is available via the group.  However, costs under exceptional circumstances may be met through the Museum Development operational budget.

Chairing and Secretariat:

The meetings are chaired by the Preservation & Education Director of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.  The Chair has authority to schedule additional meetings as deemed appropriate.  Secretariat functions will be provided by the MDO.


The MDO, in liaison with the Preservation & Education Director, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham are responsible for preparing the agenda and briefing papers, and circulating them a week in advance of scheduled meetings.

Minutes of meetings will be formally recorded and circulated to all KMMP members within 14 working days of the meeting.


As a minimum the quorum shall be two members plus the Chair and MDO.

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