MA publishes Annual Report and AGM agenda

Includes progressive membership proposals
The Museums Association (MA) has published its Annual Report 2018.

The report details the MA’s work with a diverse range of sector bodies, stakeholders, funders and networks over the past year on issues such as workforce diversity, audience development and the future of collections.

The MA has also worked in partnership with other sector bodies to run advocacy events in Westminster and the Senedd and has met with senior civil servants and politicians across the UK to make the case for continued investment in museums.

“The MA’s values centre on courage, collaboration, equality and leading change by example and we strive to apply those values to everything that we do,” says MA president Maggie Appleton. “Our communities face challenging times and museums are ideally placed to help them face them. That includes making the case for the value of museums to society.”

“Partnership and collaboration also bring maximum impact and benefit for our members and the wider sector. The MA has worked with a diverse range of sector bodies, stakeholders, funders and networks over the past year on issues such as workforce diversity, audience development and the future of collections.”

The report also contains the agenda for the annual general meeting, to be held on 8 November 2018 in Belfast, which includes proposals for significant changes to the MA’s membership structure.

The proposals seek to create a much simpler structure for individual membership, based on benefits. This includes a cheaper entry level, retaining the current concessionary rates of membership (student, retired, unwaged, volunteer), and providing much cheaper and clearer access to the MA’s professional development programmes, recognising that current costs can be prohibitive.

It also adds new benefits, such as free online training for members. A new website and digital package will be launched in 2019. The MA will introduce monthly direct debit payment plans to spread the cost of membership.

The proposed institutional membership changes offer a more inclusive rate for more smaller museums. There are also new benefits including the offer of free recruitment advertising to all institutional members, potentially saving considerable expenditure. Alongside these changes the MA plans to improve its service and communications to ensure all individuals and institutions get the most out of their membership.

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, says: “This review has been undertaken with extensive consultation with our members, together with a detailed look at best practice in comparator organisations. It provides cheaper membership at the point of entry and aims to be more inclusive to everyone who works in or for museums across the nations and regions of the UK.”

MA members will have a chance to vote on these changes, as well as sign off on the Annual Report and accounts at the MA’s AGM, which will be held on Thursday 8 November at 2pm in the Auditorium of the Belfast Waterfront conference centre.

The MA encourages all members to vote in the AGM. Any members unable to come to Belfast can nominate a proxy to vote for them (details below).

If you are not attending the conference but will be attending the AGM, please arrive at the conference centre 15 minutes before the start of the AGM and collect a voting card from Charlie Lindus at the registration desk.

If you would prefer your voting card to be posted to you, email giving your membership number and postal address.

Proxy vote

All individual members of the MA are entitled to attend and vote in the AGM.

The AGM will take place at 2pm in the Auditorium of the Belfast Waterfront on Thursday 8 November.

Any individual member unable to attend the AGM is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Members may nominate as their proxy the chair of the meeting or any other individual.

The nominated proxy does not need to be a member of the MA.

Proxy nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Lindus ( to arrive no later than 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018.

Links and downloads

Annual report 2017-18

Notice of AGM