Introducing the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAfM)

Alan Swerdlow, Eastern region representative of BAfM, tells us a little bit about who they are and what they do.

BAfM has been serving Friends of museums since the 1970s and represents some 400 groups – in the six Eastern region counties there are around forty members. Benefits include a full colour Journal issued three times a year; there will soon be a regular e-newsletter. Members are entitled to sign up for a competitively costed insurance scheme and have access to legal advice from top London charity lawyers.

In each region a local newsletter and annual conference keep local groups in touch. The Eastern region representative Alan Swerdlow is able to provide general advice including on how to set up a Friends group.

BAfM makes awards to young museum professions with alternate years going for a project successfully completed by someone working in a member museum and a new award to provide funds for a travel scholarship / bursary.

The Annual Conference, hosted by different Friends groups, includes the Annual General Meeting. This year in Cheltenham, past events have been in such locations as Swansea, York, Liverpool and Aberdeen.

The Association is affiliated to the World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) and is run by a Council consisting of the thirteen area representatives and officers.

Council is always looking out for new people to join the Board to help provide the range of services members find so useful. Further information may be found at www.bafm.org.uk

BAfM are currently looking for new board members. See their press release for more information and details of the roles.

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