Changes to Museums Association membership coming soon

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 27.02.2019
Membership will include new benefits and more inclusive rates
From April, the Museums Association (MA) is making some big changes to ensure that membership is affordable and offers great value to everyone working in the sector.

After a yearlong consultation, we’ve streamlined our membership grades and introduced a variety of packages to give members a greater choice, starting from just £48 a year.

Individual membership will no longer be banded according to salary – instead, we’re introducing a new online-only membership package as an affordable option that’s open to everyone.

At £48 a year, Essential Membership offers the same fantastic benefits as full price membership except for a print copy of our monthly magazine, Museums Journal, which will be available to read online.

Our discounted membership rate, which is £60 a year and includes a print copy of Museums Journal, will still be available for students, trustees, volunteers and retired or unwaged members. Full price membership will cost £92 a year.

In addition, MA members undertaking any of our professional development schemes will soon be able upgrade their membership to include the cost of CPD, bringing significant savings in registration and professional review fees.

There’ll be a range of convenient payment options, enabling members to spread the cost of membership across monthly, quarterly or annual direct debit instalments, starting from just £4.50 a month.

Our institutional membership offer is also being streamlined to reduce the number of bands and link rates more directly to organisational turnover. A new, more inclusive rate is being introduced for smaller museums.

From April, all institutional members will also benefit from free recruitment advertising in the MA’s online Find a Job listings – the go-to place for museum sector recruitment.

The MA’s deputy director Will Adams said: “The MA strives to act as a voice for everyone working in the sector. We recognise that cost can be a barrier for many and we’ve introduced these changes after consulting with more than 1,000 museum professionals, as well as looking at best practice in comparator membership organisations.

“We hope the new membership structure will ensure that the MA is an open, inclusive and welcoming place for all. Becoming a member of the MA makes you part of a vibrant, diverse and growing network of professionals who are passionate about museums and the impact they can have on people’s lives. There’s never been a better time to join.”

The new membership structure will take effect on 1 April.