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Geographic Museum Forums

Overview

Geographically-based forums offer voluntary peer-support for museums of all sizes, providing opportunities for collaboration, to share news, and discuss matters of mutual interest. Each forum is run independently and are unique in their approach to the support they provide their members. While the majority focus on their local museums, membership is often open to other heritage organisations. 

While much of Scotland is covered by one or more geographic forum, some areas do not yet have a forum. If you are interested in working with other museums and heritage groups to start a peer support group for your area, please contact Devon McHugh, Senior Partnerships Manager, at devonm@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

For networks and support groups based around a common collection theme, visit our Subject Specialist Networks page.

MGS Geographic forum representatives

In 2019 we initiated a new approach to offer more continuous and comprehensive support to the geographic museum forums operating throughout Scotland. 

Each Geographic Forum has been assigned an MGS Forum Representative. These MGS staff members act as a main point of contact for museums and offer support from MGS.

In 2020 MGS launched Forum Connections. This four-year NLHF funded project focuses on developing the capacity of forums for sustainable partnerships through training, facilitation and knowledge exchange.

Forum representatives are listed with their respective geographic forum below. A full list of the forum leads and their geographic areas can be found on our Networks and Forums: Overview page. 

Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute Museums and Heritage Forum

http://www.argyllheritage.org.uk

Argyll & Bute Museums & Heritage Forum has recently registered as a SCIO (SC050209) to enhance and develop its support, now and in the future, of the individuals, volunteers and professionals who work in heritage in Argyll and Bute. ABMHF has a broad range of members, including people who enjoy local history and genealogy as a hobby, those who work or volunteer in museums, who run businesses connected to the local history of the area, who organise and attend walks, talks, activities and events, and those who care for specific sites and collections. Membership is free.

The Forum has recently worked in collaboration with Dig It! TV to reach new audiences and highlight the heritage offerings in the area. You can see the result on YouTube. You can find the Forum on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @argyllheritage

Contact: 

abmhforum@gmail.com

MGS Representative 

Devon McHugh

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Museums and Heritage Network

*Website under development*

The Forum shares information and best practice, with regular network meetings hosted by museums across the region. The Network also develops and supports joint marketing initiatives, working across the region to promote the area’s diverse heritage offerings.

Contact:

Ken Smyth contact@dgmuseumsnetwork.org.uk

MGS Representative

Jacob O’Sullivan

Fife

Fife Museums Forum

Fife Museums Forum provides an informal, welcoming atmosphere for members to discuss museums matters relating to the management of museums in Fife and to work for the mutual benefit to the museums represented by the membership. Membership is open to Accredited and non-Accredited museums in Fife; elected Councillors in Fife members also sit on the forum.

Recent collaborative projects include an MGS-funded Management Training programme for Fife and Tayside Museums Forums staff and the publication of a brochure on Learning in Fife for primary teachers across the region, showcasing the Learning resources and facilities at each member venue.

Contact:

Jane Freel Jane.Free@onfife.com

Download Learning in Fife Museums (PDF)

MGS Representative

Loretta Mordi

Highlands

Museums and Heritage Highland

https://museumsandheritagehighland.org.uk

Museums and Heritage Highland is a supportive voice for heritage in the Highlands. Our members include museums, galleries, and heritage organisations of all sizes, from across the region. We work to promote collaborative working and capacity building; promoting partnership opportunities that support our members achieve their purpose and to be sustainable and resilient in challenging times.

Contact:

Nicola Henderson nicola.henderson@museumsandheritagehighland.org.uk

MGS Representative

Joe Traynor

Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire Heritage Forum

lanarkshireheritageforum.org.uk/

The Forum brings together a range of organisations—including Accredited and non-Accredited museums, family history groups, and local heritage organisations—to share the common goal of promoting local heritage. Regular meetings offer opportunities for discussion and support.

Contact:

Ed Archer earcher286@aol.com

MGS Forum Lead 

Heather Doherty

North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Museums Forum

North Ayrshire Museums Forum offers any heritage organisation in North Ayrshire, no matter how small, the opportunity to come together to share resources, ideas, projects, training, and information. Meetings are friendly, informal and approximately every 2 months, held in different venues around North Ayrshire.

Contact:

Leanna Lennox leannalennox@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

MGS Representative

Loretta Mordi

North East Scotland

North East Scotland Heritage Network

This recently established forum represents accredited and non-accredited museums and galleries in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. 

The forum is currently under development, please use the email below to contact members:

NORTHEASTMUSEUMS@jiscmail.ac.uk 

MGS representative

Jacob O'Sullivan 

 

Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides Heritage Network

The network includes any organisation in the area with an interest in heritage – including museums, archives, community organisations, charities and others. An annual conference is organised on behalf of the network by the local authority.

Contact:

Seonaid McDonald seonaid.mcdonald@cne-siar.gov.uk

MGS Representative

Gillian Simison

Tayside

Tayside Museums Forum

Tayside Museums Forum offers membership to Accredited and non-Accredited museums across the region, and provides peer support, joint working initiatives, and a legendary Christmas meeting with excellent snacks. Recent projects have supported staff development (in Partnership with Fife Museums Forum) and explored skills sharing within the Forum.

Contact:

Frances Collinson Fran@crannog.co.uk

MGS Representative

Heather Doherty

West Lothian

West Lothian Museums and Heritage Forum

West Lothian Forum offers an opportunity for heritage organisations and museums to meet together to discuss shared issues around protecting and promoting heritage in the region. The Forum includes small independent museums, heritage organisations, the local authority museums service, and the area’s larger museums, and welcomes new members.

Contact:

Emma Peattie Emma.Peattie@westlothian.gov.uk

MGS Representative

Joe Traynor