Giving a voice to museum people in the North West since 1927


We offer NWFed membership for museums, art galleries and heritage organisations, as well as for individuals. We welcome everyone working, volunteering or with a professional interest in the sector in the North West and the Isle of Man.

  • Two young Muslim women sitting and talking in a museum gallery with paintings on the wall.
    Walker Art Gallery Youth Group (National Museums Liverpool/Pete Carr)

Why join?

NWFed membership gives you and your staff and volunteers access to:

  • Museums Basics training events led by experts in museum practice
  • In Conversation – in person and online professional development opportunities based on current issues in the sector
  • Networking with fellow North West museum and heritage professionals
  • Chances to contribute your knowledge, skills and expertise to our programme
  • Opportunities to join the NWFed board of trustees, when vacancies arise

Individual members can also apply for our Small CPD Grants to support their professional development.

Institutional Membership – for all museums, galleries and heritage organisations

Institutional membership benefits apply to all staff and volunteers working at member organisations.
See our current institutional members.

Institutional Membership subscriptions run from August each year and are based on your revenue budget:

Revenue budgetAnnual subscription
Up to £100,000£20
£100,000 to £500,000£40
£500,000 to £1 million£80
£1 million to £2 million£150
£2 million plus£250

Individual Membership

Individual membership costs just £12 per year and you can join at any time. It is open to anyone who works or volunteers at a museum or heritage site in any role.

A reduced rate of £5 per year is available to students.

Individual membership payment is via bank transfer.

Agnes Fough, a member of the People's History Museum Community Panel, stands in front of a screen holding a piece of paper. Behind her is the NWfed logo

In Conversation

Our In Conversation events take place in person and online, covering key current issues in the sector. You’ll hear from expert speakers with inspiring case studies, and have the chance to contribute your expertise too.

Three women wearing latex gloves using Plastazote and plastic boxes to safely pack small, metal museum objects on a table.

Museum Basics

Museums Basics are focused, small group training events covering critical practical museum knowledge, like object marking and labelling, packing and storage, and disaster planning.