UMG supports and advocates for the university museum sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Working alongside our sister organisation UMIS (University Museums in Scotland) we represent the interests of university museums to funders and stakeholders. We also maintain close links with the international body for university museums, UMAC.

Since its formation, UMG has established an international reputation for its leadership in advocacy of the sector by promoting the interests of university museums to Government, Arts Council and national organisations such as the Museums Association and higher education funding bodies.

There are around a 100 university museums in the UK regularly accessible to the public, with a further 300 or more that are used mainly for academic research and teaching.

University museums in England comprise 4% of the UK museum sector, yet they are custodians of 30% of all the collections ‘Designated’ by DCMS as being of national or international importance.

Who are we for?

UMG is a membership organisation, open to HE institutions with responsibility for museums, galleries or collections and individuals interested in furthering the work of UMG.

What do we do?

UMG provides a forum for communication and the dissemination of good practice.  In advocating for the university museum sector, UMG promotes the role of university museums, galleries and collections in research and HE teaching and the importance of their contribution to widening participation and public engagement.

UMG aims to provide members with briefing, news and information on a wide range of topics.  As well regular e-communication, UMG organises conferences and events, including an annual meeting linked to the AGM that supports networking, staff development and the sharing of knowledge about current developments and opportunities for the sector.



Co-Chairs Kate Arnold-Forster, Head of University Museums and Special Collections Services, Reading University


Paul Smith, Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford


Secretary  Tonya Nelson, Head of Museums and Collections, UCL


Treasurer Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum


Membership  Jo McPhee, University of Cambridge


Other members

Rachel Barclay, Curator of the Oriental Museum, Durham University


Liz Hide, Museums Officer, University of Cambridge


Caroline McDonald, Manager, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle


Clare Mullett, University Curator, University of Birmingham


Lucy Shaw, Oxford ASPIRE Manager, Oxford University Museums


Nick Thomas Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge


Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA


Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge