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.

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Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Xa Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Janneke Green, Head of Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University

Membership Secretary

Harriet Warburton, Research & Impact Manager, Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), University of Oxford


Luke Syson, Director, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Tannis Davidson, Curator, Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London

Carol Shiels, Senior Lecturer, Pathology Museum, St George’s, University of London

Jago Cooper, Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Ex-officio member representing UMIS

Jessica Burdge, Assistant Director of University Collections and Museums, University of St Andrews

Co-opted members

Jennifer Powell, director, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Rhi Smith, Museum Studies Programme Director, University of Reading

Louise Dennis, Curator of Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth

Layla Bloom, Curator, Galleries Team, Leeds University Library Galleries

Executive Assistant

Mary Mansfield

Over 170 university museums and collections in the UK

More than 100 open to the public and 77 Accredited Museums

Holding some of the nation’s most important collections

In England and Wales, we hold 30% of designated collections

Both part of a University and part of the Museum sector

From major visitor attractions to research & teaching collections


Our collections guide and inform HE research as well as community outreach and accessibility.

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