London AMA Support Group

Who are we?

We are a group of professionals from all different museums/galleries background working towards the AMA.

We aim to:

Provide a network of museum contacts in London and the regions.

Have regular events and work with other AMA Support Groups for discussion.

Who is it for?

For anyone working towards the AMA on any route.

What we get up to?

When the group was set up it was decided that we should meet at least once a month. Members come up with ideas for activities and set the agenda for events. We aim to work out a calendar of events a few months in advance.

Those that volunteer to organise an event act as the point of contact for other members.

Coordinators: Ella Hewitt and Sarah Dixon-Smith

Twitter: @AMAs_London

If you want to post an upcoming event, have a question, or want to make a comment, please use the box below:


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Anna Griffiths
MA Member
Interpretation Officer, British Museum
20.04.2015, 10:47
The London AMA Support Group's monthly meet up takes place on the last Tuesday of the month (unless specified) at 6.15pm in the Crypt Café.

At next week's meeting we will be looking at Body of Evidence from April's MJ, and also discussing cuts by looking at Cuts Threatening Free Entry and Staff are Paying the Price of Funding Cuts, also from April's MJ.

Hope to see you there,

Nazeea, Catherine, Camilla, Heike and Anna
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Office Manager and PA, Victoria
22.10.2012, 14:55
New!! The London Group will host a discussion group every last Wednesday of the month to share and discuss current and topical issues. The sessions will focus on two or three themes to be taken from the current Museums Journal and should be an informal (and fun!) chance to share and debate ideas. We hope this will be particularly useful for those approaching the professional review stage of their AMA. The first session will be held on Wednesday 28th November at 6.15, at the coffee shop within the Trafalgar Square Waterstones (provisional venue). We are looking for AMA members to chair each session, if you would like to chair the November meeting (or a future meeting) please contact the coordinators via:amaslondon@gmail.comDetails of the November meeting will be posted nearer the time. We look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions.
Holly Booth
MA Member
Interpretation Officer, Keats House
03.08.2012, 10:18
Dear AMA London Group members,

Don't forget that we now a group on Facebook:

Kind regards

Jemma, Shona, Holly, Lauren and Emily.
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
04.10.2016, 22:59
The AMA Support Groups are an excellent went of extending your knowledge of the different functions and roles of a museum. It enables you at second hand to meet and interview people that may have a remit for particular areas of the Knowledge Journal; as well as more broadly. So why not drop the London Group a line and see when the next meeting is.

For more help and support please contact us
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
19.09.2016, 15:59
I have been making my way through a range of AMA Support Groups from a day in Manchester for the NW; a day in Cambridge for East of England, Skype sessions to the SW and the Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire groups.

If you want me to come along to one of your future meetings then please let me know.#
Anna Griffiths
MA Member
Interpretation Officer, British Museum
11.01.2016, 10:54
The London AMA Support Group is looking for 1-2 additional coordinators to help organise meetings, events and communication.

If you'd like to know more or to get involved, please email

Patrick Steel
MA Member
Website Editor, Museums Association
10.08.2015, 13:20
A reminder that there is no discussion group meeting in August.

However, there is an the upcoming visit to the National Trust's 575 Wandsworth Road on Weds 9th Sept, 3:30pm.

Abigail needs to confirm names with the property, plus spaces are limited and offered on a first come-first served basis, so email ASAP if you would like to attend.
Anna Griffiths
MA Member
Interpretation Officer, British Museum
18.05.2015, 10:30

May's discussion group will be next week on Tuesday 26th May, 6:15pm – Crypt Café, St Martin in the Fields (one of the big tables by the gift shop).

Topics up for discussion from this month's Museums Journal:
•‘Don’t ignore Iraq destruction’ (page 6)
•‘Industrial Strength' (page 20)

Hope to see you there!

MA Member
24.02.2014, 19:12
Please note, the discussion group will NOT meet at the crypt café tomorrow evening due to the session planned at the Museum of Childhood.
Megan Toogood
Freelance Events Marketeer, Royal Museums Greenwich
30.01.2014, 14:37
Hi, just wondered if any of network would be interestd in coming to this:

Culture Clash? Contemporary Arts in Historic Contexts
To coincide with the latest in a series of contemporary interventions, Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich, Royal Museums Greenwich is organising a one day conference to explore the role of contemporary art outside the white cube.
In recent years it has become increasingly popular for museums and historic buildings to invite living artists to respond to their buildings or collections by curating, creati ng or performing on site. What has been the impact of this popular collaborative trend for artists, museums and their audiences?
Date: Friday 14th February
Tickets: £50.00
Call 020 8312 6716 to book your place.
See: for abstracts and programme.

Royal Museums Greenwich
Romney Road
London SE10 9NF
Tel: 020 8312 6716
For more information E-mail:

Please feel free to forward to any colleagues who may be interested in the conference.
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
11.11.2013, 13:58

We are looking to recruit one or two new London Group Coordinators to join, Emma, Ed and I.

Coordinators organise meetings and events, manage our communication and networking systems (Gmail account, Facebook group, Linked in) as well as facilitate and share information and updates relevant to the AMA and its members.

Working on the above tasks can be used against your CPD log hours and it is a great way to meet museum professionals and improve your skills and experience.

If you are interested in hearing more please email or
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Jemma, Ed and Emma.
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
19.09.2013, 19:47
The AMA discussion group is back - Tuesday 24th Sept.

We meet in the Crypt at St Martins in the Fields at 6.15pm (look for one of the big tables in the gift shop area as you come down the stairs).

Topics from the Museums Journal this month:

- Interpreting Battlefield sites

- Museums and environmental issues

- Museums and zero-hours contracts

The discussion groups are great way of developing your understanding of the current issues in the sector, meeting other AMA members and sharing ideas.
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
11.09.2013, 14:14
Museums in Focus Meeting - Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum on 20th September (pm).
There are places still available. Please register your place by emailing
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
27.03.2013, 16:11
We still have a couple of spaces at the next AMA meeting. British Museum on 18th April at 3.15pm. T

he theme of the session will be loans and packing.

Alison Hollis will give a talk on the loans request procedure and the admin side of things. Nina Harrison will then talk to the group about packing objects and the challenges involved with this and couriering.

If you would like to attend this session please rsvp to
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
18.03.2013, 11:04
March Discussion Group!

At St Martin in the Fields Crypt Cafe, 6.15pm Tuesday 26th March.

This month we will discuss the following topics taken from the March AMA Journal:-

> Head to Head: Should Tower Hamlets Council sell its Henry Moore sculpture?
> Article: How using objects can help change lives
> Article: The Curators - is curatorial work undervalued and under threat?

The discussion sessions are a chance to evaluate and consider current themes and issues in the sector, as well as being a great chance to meet new people and extend your professional network in an informal setting.

Hope to see you there!
Jemma Davey
MA Member
Exhibitions Assistant, Victoria & Albert Museum
20.02.2013, 15:55
The next discussion group will be on Tuesday 26th February at 6.15pm. (same venue as last time - the Crypt Cafe - St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square).
The topics for discussion are taken from the February edition of the Museums Journal:
Derry: the UK's first City of Culture (with wider discussion of 'City of Culture' and 'Capital of Culture' titles and their meanings and outcomes)
The Leavers: workers leaving the sector
and from the 'Comment' feature - 'Is it the right time to invest in Capital Projects?'
Please do join us for this informal discussion session!