SMF 2018 in a festive nutshell

Scottish Museums Federation President, Karyn McGhee, reflects on 2018, a year where the Fed has crammed in an exceptional amount! 

Firstly, thank you to our amazing and wonderfully devoted committee, none of the events organised in 2018 would have never even happened if it wasn’t for the hard work of our amazing committee, so thank you! Throughout the year, we’ve hosted committee meetings across the country and run numerous events spanning all types of museum work and throughout Scotland.  If you feel that your museum can would offer an interesting visit for our members, let us know.

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The Committee at Stirling Castle

Our events programme aims to bring CPD and networking to our members across the country. This year we’ve hosted 8 events in total. These have spanned from our annual conference, to careers events, exhibition visits and socials like our Christmas quiz!

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Christmas Quiz!
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A visit to Trinity House

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We look forward to next year’s conference The Moral Museum: Understanding Everyday Ethics which will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library within the University of Aberdeen on Wednesday 17th April 2019. We recently closed our call for papers and are looking forward to reviewing submissions over the festive break.

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Chatting Fed at the MGS Conference

Our membership continues to grow with us having almost 200 members across Scotland. We are always interested in hearing from our members so please feel free to get in touch with us at with your thoughts or any suggestions you would like to see from the committee.

We re-launched our Grants Scheme this year, reborn as our Career Development Award. This saw one of our members travel down to a training event at the V&A in London to complete training that would not have been possible within the workplace. See our blog for the details of this and many other museums matters.

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We still have a small sum of money available for this financial year for CPD. Please see this webpage for details.

After feedback from our 2017 member’s survey we have regulated our communications and now have more frequent newsletters sent to our members along with other ‘newsflash’ emails. We have also increased capacity on our social media accounts achieving over 500 likes on Facebook and closing in on nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter. We’ve also achieved our highest annual views and visitors on our blog, a great achievement reflecting year on year progression. We also ran another successful #ScottishMuseumsDay on the 3rd October which reached over 2.2 million accounts, created over 6.1 million impressions, with contributions from over 780 accounts!

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We also hope to launch our new website in the New Year which we are all very excited about. Watch this space!

As we look ahead to 2019, we’ve got a another year full of events, news and other Fed fun! We hope you will join us along the way. There is plenty for you to be involved with, starting with our first event of the year Reminiscence Work: Football Memories at the Scottish Football Museum

If you would like to become a member of the Scottish Museums Federation then please email or see our membership webpage.

Remember to get in touch via:

Committee Email:

Membership Email:

Twitter: @Scottishmuseums

Facebook: Scottish Museums Federation


Happy holidays and all the best for 2019!



President, Scottish Museums Federation






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