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The Museums Association
is a professional organisation based in London
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for museum professionals and museum
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s in the United Kingdom
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The association is the oldest museum association in the world and was started in 1889 by a small group of museums to protect the interests of museums and galleries. The inaugural meeting was held at the invitation of the Council of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society
The Yorkshire Philosophical Society is a charitable learned society aimed at promoting the natural sciences, archaeology and history. The society was formed in York in December 1822 by James Atkinson, William Salmond, Anthony Thorpe and William Vernon....
York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence...
on 20 June 1889.
The Museums Association is governed by a council of senior museum personnel, elected by MA members.
The current president
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of the organisation is Virginia Tandy; the previous president was Charles Saumarez Smith
Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE is a British art historian. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1994 to 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was director of the National Gallery and is currently Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts...
The MA organize an annual conference and produce a Museums and Galleries Yearbook
The Museums & Galleries Yearbook is produced annually by the Museums Association in the United Kingdom.It is the largest catalogue of museums and galleries available in the UK and includes over 3,000 entries...
. Members receive the monthly Museums Journal
Museums Journal, published monthly by Museums Association, is the leading source of news and information for museums and galleries. It was first published in 1901. E. Howarth was the first editor, and remained editor until 1909, when he resigned....
. The MA also produces Museum Practise online.
"AMA" denotes an Associate of the Museums Association.
"FMA" denotes a Fellow of the Museums Association.
- MDA (formerly the Museum Documentation Association)
- British Association of Friends of Museums
The British Association of Friends of Museums is an independent organisation, for Friends, supporters, and volunteers in museums, galleries, and heritage sites in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1973....
- Irish Museums Association
The Irish Museums Association is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests of museums and those who work in them throughout Ireland, both north and south...