Helping hand

Julie Nightingale, 07.03.2019
Key memberships and a reading list to get you started on your career path
Students are eligible for discounted membership of the Museums Association (MA), which gives free entry to museums and exhibitions, plus 11 issues of Museums Journal in print a year. It also gives cheaper entry to the MA’s annual conference and other events, and access to free members’ meetings.

Annual membership for full-time students costs £60. From 1 April 2019, an Essential Membership rate, which does not include a print copy of Museums Journal, will be introduced for £48 a year.

Other memberships include: National Trust – young person’s annual membership (13-25) costs £34.50. English Heritage’s annual student membership is £46 a year.

Reading list

Want to get some reading in ahead of your course? Here are some books to start with:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, edited by Sharon Macdonald (Blackwell, 2010), examines the significance of museums from varied academic and cultural perspectives.
  • Transforming Museums in the 21st Century, by Graham Black (Routledge, 2011), explores how museums need to evolve to respond to societal and technological changes, and engage with their audiences.
  • Manual of Museum Planning: Sustainable Space, Facilities, and Operations, by Barry Lord, Gail Dexter Lord, and Lindsay Martin (AltaMira Press, 2012), offers a guide to redesigning a museum space, with contributions from leading museum professionals.
  • Manual of Digital Museum Planning, edited by Ali Hossaini and Ngaire Blankenberg (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), looks at the use of digital technologies in museums.
  • Museum Basics, by Timothy Ambrose and Crispin Paine (Taylor and Francis, fourth edition, 2018), is a guide to all aspects of museum operation, including audience development, collections management and conservation. 
  • Museum Activism, edited by Robert Janes and Richard Sandell (Routledge, 2019), explores the role of museums in driving social change.
  • Collections Care and Stewardship: Innovative Approaches for Museums, edited by Juilee Decker (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), focuses on the practical aspects of documenting collections, from transport to display.


Courses guide and listings 2019 (pdf)