UMG actively campaigns for the university museum sector. 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.
In November 2013 UMG launched a new advocacy document for university museums. ‘Impact and Engagement: University Museums for the 21st Century’ contains case studies which illustrate how University Museums contribute to the academic missions of higher education, alongside a remarkable record for wider public engagement and impact on behalf of universities in the life of their communities. Read online by clicking on the image below or download the complete document here: Impact and Engagement (2MB pdf).
In 2011 UMG held a briefing on university museums and galleries for key stakeholders and politicians at Portcullis House, Westminster. The briefing document prepared for that event can be downloaded here: Briefing on University Museums and Galleries May 2011
In May 2004 UMG UK launched its ground-breaking report, University Museums in the United Kingdom: a national resource for the 21st century. Summarising the activities and achievements of the UK’s publicly accessible university museums, this advocacy publication sets out the case for increased recognition of their research, learning and social potential together with recommendations for further development and improvements. Download the report here. UMG report 2004.