The British Association of Friends of Museums, BAFM, is here to help, encourage, inform and advise friends, supporters and volunteers of museums, galleries, and other cultural organisations in all sections of our UK heritage.

We support local Friends’ groups, keep them informed about items of benefit, and provide a network to help share problems and solutions.

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BAFM events


In view of the current situation regarding the virus, the BAFM National Conference in 2020 has been postponed until Spring 2021. It is felt ...Read more ...

BAFM National Conference & AGM – October 2019

The BAFM Conference and AGM was held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019, at Reading Museum & Town Hall. The theme was ...Read more ...

South East (Southern Counties) Regional Day – September 2019

A BAFM Regional Day was held on Tuesday 24th September at Maidstone Museum, hosted by Maidstone Museums’ Foundation (MMF). Even though it was one of the wettest days for months 24 delegates struggled through the deluge to attend a really interesting and stimulating day ...Read more ...

BAFM news


We are aware that our members are concerned about the impact the corona virus will have on their activities and several groups have approached ...Read more ...


We are delighted to welcome Syd Howells as BAFM’s new Wales representative. Syd has been the Museum Volunteer Manager at the Egypt Centre in Swansea ...Read more ...


BAFM is undertaking a survey to learn the views locally about the impact of the virus to local groups.Read more ...

Member Benefits

  • Join the family of like minded organisations
  • Advice and guidance
  • Access to competitive group Insurance scheme
  • BAFM Journal 3 times a year
  • National and Regional Conferences
  • Chair’s e-newsletter every 2 months
  • Copy of ‘Handbook for Friends’
  • Copy of ‘Charter & Handbook for Heritage Volunteer Managers & Administrators
  • Networking opportunities


As a first time attendee to a BAFM Regional Day I found this invaluable. I thought it was really interesting hearing what other Friends’ groups are doing. I will certainly attend future ones.

Bill Rhodes
Chairman of Friends of Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk

As a new Friends' group, BAFM has proved an excellent source of information and support for us, and a good way of meeting up and exchanging ideas with others.

Angela Conyers,
Chair, Friends of Folkestone Museum, Kent

From insurance to legal guidance, from ethics to fund raising and as a supreme networking tool, BAFM is there to assist and advise. In essence, BAFM is the friend of all Friends and support groups.

Ian Bean,
Director of Projects of the Friends of Beamish