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 partnership with the Friends of Wisbech and Fenland Museum Conference Theme: Great Exceptions: Friends supporting museums in these financially challenging times. Dates: Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2024. We look forward to welcoming you in Wisbech, a charming historic town with over 100 listed buildings, a fine Georgian Crescent, Peckover House, Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, The National Army Cadet Force Museum. The mid-19th C. Wisbech Museum displays, amongst other treasures, Charles Dickens' original manuscript of Great Expectations.   CLICK  'Read more' LINK  FOR THE PROGRAMME AND BOOKING FORM  Read more ...

BAFM news

Sad News of the Death of our President

Jun 04, 2024

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Lord Cormack, the President of BAFM, on the 24 February. Although he had only ...Read more ...

BAFM Friends of the Year 2024 Award

Jan 22, 2024

BAFM is pleased to announce that for the latest version of the Friends of the Year Award, we will be working in partnership with ...Read more ...

British Association of Friends of Museums Friends of the Year Award 2023

Jan 17, 2024

The winner of the Friends of the Year Award was announced at the Doncaster Conference on 30th September 2023. The award, which supersedes the ...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