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.  More information on these museums and collections can be found in the UMAC World Database of University Museums and Collections.

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.




Nicola Kalinsky, Director, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham


Xa Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Secretary Jo McPhee, Head of Programmes, University of Cambridge Museums


Treasurer  Janneke Green, Head of Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University


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



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


Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester


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


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


Ex-offico member representing UMIS

Mungo Campbell, Deputy Director, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Co-opted members

Rhi Smith, Museum Studies Programme Director, University of Reading


Kate Dunton, Head of Learning, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA


Kat Nilsson, Director of Museums & Cultural Programmes, UCL


Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge