SHARE Museums East supports a number of specialist networks. These self-managing forums support museum development in the East of England and have links to national specialists. They also help plan and deliver training events and other initiatives.

Conservation Network

Network contact:
Deborah Walton
University of Cambridge Museums Regional Conservation Officer

The Conservation Network supports conservators in their work by facilitating information sharing and skills development. This regional programme compliments national opportunities such as those provided by our professional body ICON and works in partnership with the East Anglian Conservators Forum. We also co-ordinate a regional e-mail group and provide access to training and information about conservation and collections care for conservators. We disseminate information and resources to the wider museums community across the East of England, supporting SHARE Museums East’s programmes.

Tel: 01223 761220
Email Deborah Walton

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Museums and Communities East (MACE) Network

Network contact:
Eleanor Root

This network is for museum staff and volunteers who have a particular interest in working with their communities (existing and new) to co-produce and co-create exhibitions and events and more. Born of a SHARE Co-production Cohort, this new network welcomes new members to join them in championing co-production. Meetings will consider the practicalities, problems philosophy, ethics and rewards of deepening community participation.

Email Eleanor Root

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Costume & Textile Network

Network contact:
Claire Reed
Conservator, Southend Museum Service

The Costume & Textile Network (CTN) is SHARE Museum East’s oldest and most active network, with strong national links. It supports the development of accessible and engaging museums via projects that help improve collections care, display techniques and knowledge. The network provides access to information regionally and nationally and is working to establish a forum for the sharing of local issues and the development of curatorial practice.

Email Claire Reed


Fenland Museums Partnership

Network contact:

Emily Allen

Ely Museums

The Fenland Network is a newly emerging network  to develop links between people in the Fenland area museums. The group is looking at potential joint marketing, collections sharing (on Fenland themes) and using the group as a general forum for discussion for the mainly smaller museums in the area. If you are interested in coming along or would like to suggest a topic for discussion please get in touch.

Email Emily Allen


Front of House Forum

Network contact:
If you would like to be on this steering group email Kathy Moore

The SHARE Front of House Forum aims to collectively gain understanding of the current issues facing Front of House museum staff, find ways of addressing these issues, and share best practice and strengthen links between museums. The network does this through regular events around the region.

Fundraising Network

Network contacts:
Annie Davis – Development Manager, Museum of Cambridge

Alicia Grix – Development Assistant, Norfolk Museums Service

Lucy Maxwell – Suffolk Museum Project Officer

SHARE Museums East Fundraising Network is an informal network of people involved in fundraising in museums in the region. Whether you’re a staff member, volunteer or trustee, if you do any kind of fundraising as part of your role, we’d love you to join our mailing list and/or WhatsApp group, and come along to our next virtual meet-up.

Formed in 2021, our aim is to work together to support one another in our roles. There’ll be opportunities for training, networking, and peer-to-peer sharing of best practice and worst mistakes (!). 

Contact Annie Davis or Alicia Grix to find out more and get involved. Contact Lucy Maxwell if you would like to be added to the network’s mailing list.

Email Annie Davis

Email Alicia Grix

Email Lucy Maxwell


Heritage Engineering Network

Network contact:
Ian Reed
Museum of Power 

The Heritage Engineering Network supports the management and delivery of specialised skills in museums and other bodies who carry out working activities with machinery in the area of industrial heritage. The network offers training and events including a regular HEN meeting.

We encourage all volunteers and staff with interest in the use and management of heritage machinery to join the network.

To subscribe to the mailing list click here. 

Email Ian Reed


Maritime Heritage East Network

Network contact:
Lisa Little
Sheringham Museum

The Maritime Heritage East Network was started under the old Renaissance programme and SHARE is supporting its continuing development. From Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth down the coast to Nottage in Essex, the network brings together museums across the region with maritime collections.

Email Lisa Little

Museum Managers Network

Network contact:
Nicola Sherhod
John Bunyan Museum & Library

This network provides support and professional development opportunities tailored to the needs of those who are the sole professional managing a museum. Their role may have one of many different titles but their responsibility lies across all areas of museum work. They often manage volunteers and usually report directly to a Board. The network provides a safe sounding board, support group and resource hub for its members as well as the chance to break out of the isolation that can often come with running a museum single handed.

Tel: 01234 270303
Email Nicola Sherhod


Natural History Network

Network contact:
Sophie Stevens
Curator of Collections and Learning at CIMS (Colchester and Ipswich Museums)

The Natural History Network supports natural history curators, conservators and learning officers in their work and facilitates information sharing. The network also co-ordinates regional email group and provides access to training and information about collections care, legal issues, display techniques, storage and bulk purchasing.

Tel: 01206 282931
Email Sophie Stevens

Regional Learning Network

Network contact:
Kathy Moore
Museum Development Project Officer – Children & Young People

The Regional Learning Network brings together people who have a leadership role in the area of museum learning, including people who manage learning teams and conveners of sub-regional learning networks. The network also runs an annual conference, held in March.

For more information, including meeting dates, contact the network co-ordinator.

Tel: 01603 493646
Email Kathy Moore


Retail Forum

Network contact:
Ruth McFee
University of Cambridge Museums

Open to paid staff, volunteers and trustees The SHARE Retail Forum is for anyone whose role involved in managing retail and related commercial activity in museums and heritage sites in the East of England. Through peer to peer support, specialist speakers and discussions of effective practice and shared agendas the Retail Forum champions the development of effective retail and commercial practice by all museums in the East.

Tel: Email Ruth McFee 

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Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum

Network contact:
Niki Hughes
Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums

This forum is for anyone whose role involves co-ordinating a volunteer programme and managing volunteers at a museum or heritage site in the East of England. The VCF meets quarterly and events include a mix of national and local speakers, peer support and networking opportunities.

Email Niki Hughes

Collections Management Network

Network contact:
Rory McDaid
Collections Information Officer, Colchester & Ipswich Museums

The Collections Management Network supports museum colleagues who are involved, or interested, in matters relating to collections management, documentation and collections management systems. Collections management is a subject with a large overlap with other collection-based disciplines so our group’s collective interests can be wide ranging – so whether it’s peer support, looking for some consensus on the use of termlists, or a general chat about databases and how others might use them, then come join us.

Email Rory McDaid

Network Events Calendar

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Heritage Engineering Network: Guide to Writing Panels and Labels

Heritage Engineering Network: Guide to Writing Panels and Labels


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Museum Managers: Museum Managers Top Tips

This guide is designed to support managers starting work at oragnaisations that don’t have any (or many) paid staff but can be useful to anyone working autonomously in museums.


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