Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


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  • Advocacy. UMG advocates for its members nationally and internationally, with politicians, university governing bodies and key funders.
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Membership subscriptions provide the UMG with a modest income stream which allows us to subsidise workshop and conference activities, and to pay for some administrative support.


Following the 2018-2019 UMG governance review, informed by consultation with our members, a revised membership model and fee structure has been implemented. The new fee structure is shown below. Fees are to be paid by each individual museum within a university which hosts a number of museums, based on the banded scale structured to allow smaller museums to participate. Subscription bands are set in line with comparable membership organisations and structured to enable smaller museums to participate and larger institutions to contribute. Individuals may join as Associate members in a personal capacity.


New membership fee structure, from 2021

Band Size of institution
Band 1 Budget less than £100,000 £60
Band 2 Budget £100,000-£1 million £120
Band 3 Budget £1m-3m £240
Band 4

Band 5

Budget £3m+




Associate (Individual) £60


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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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