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

BAFM NATIONAL AWARD EVENT AND AGM – 2021

We will not be holding a conference this year but we would like to invite you to an afternoon Zoom presentation which will showcase ...Read more ...

AGM – OCTOBER 2020

Our annual conference was cancelled due to the Covid 19 crisis and consequently Council took the decision to hold the AGM remotely for this ...Read more ...

BAFM NATIONAL CONFERENCE & AGM – 2021

NEW – In view of the current situation regarding Covid 19, the BAFM National Conference to have been held in 2020 has been postponed ...Read more ...

BAFM news

BAFM RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM REBUILDING HERITAGE

Sep 06, 2021

We were delighted to receive support from the Rebuilding Heritage programme which is providing free consultancy to heritage organisations to enable them to become ...Read more ...

BAFM TO LAUNCH NEW AWARD

Oct 16, 2020

BAFM is pleased to announce the launch of the new BAFM Impact Award in Spring 2021. Following a review of our awards 2019 and ...Read more ...

NEW – STATEMENT FROM BAFM ON IMPACT OF COVID

Oct 16, 2020

The British Association of Friends of Museums represents 200 groups around the UK with combined membership of over 70,000 people who love museums. We are pleased to see ...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

Testimonials

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