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Grassroots Support Groups

Overview

Grassroots Support Groups (GSGs) include regional, Scottish national, and UK-wide, groups. GSGs tend to be structured around peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support around areas of shared interest or identity. They may also include groups campaigning for action on ongoing issues within the wider heritage sector. These groups include support in areas such as wellbeing, social justice, fair employment practices, inclusive practice and professional development.  

On this page you can find some GSGs, a description of their group mission and contact details. This is not an exhaustive list and we would welcome the opportunity to signpost to other GSGs supporting those working and volunteering in the heritage sector. If you can help us expand this list please contact us with your suggestions.  

List of groups

Ar Dualchas

‘Se lìonra a th’ann Ar Dualchas airson daoine a tha an sàs ann an roinn dualchais. Tha sinn ann gus àite a bhith againn airson ar n-obair a’ dheasbad, a’ bhrosnachadh agus gus ar cànan is dualchas a chur gu feum anns an roinn dualchais air feadh na dùthcha.

Ar Dualchas is a network for Gaelic-speaking heritage professionals. We provide a space for discussion, learning and to support and encourage the use of Gaelic language and culture in the heritage sector.

www.ardualchas.wordpress.com

ardualchas@outlook.com  

@ardualchas

 

DLNet

The Digital Learning Network shares ideas and good practice in using digital technology to support learning in the Cultural Heritage sector.

www.digitallearningnetwork.net

info@digitallearningnetwork.net

@DLNET

 

Fair Museum Jobs

Fair Museum Jobs are a grassroots movement working together to establish a better standard for museum job recruitment.

www.fairmuseumjobs.org

fairmuseumjobs@gmail.com

@fair_jobs

 

Front of House Museums

Front of House Museums is a network which advocates, celebrates and campaigns for front of house staff and volunteers in the museum sector.

Fohmuseums.wordpress.com

Frontofhousemuseums@gmail.com

@FoHMuseums

 

Heritage Volunteering Group

The Heritage Volunteering Group aims to unlock the power of volunteering through collaboration and sharing best practice. There are several regional groups as well as the main collaborating organisation.

www.heritagevolunteeringgroup.org.uk

heritagevolunteeringgroup@gmail.com

@HeritageVols

 

Museum Computer Group

Museum Computer Group is a non-profit association who aim to improve and encourage best practice in the use of technology and digital platforms in the museum and heritage sector.

https://www.museumscomputergroup.org.uk

@ukmcg

 

Museums DCN

The Disability Cooperative Network works to promote and embed inclusive practice in the heritage and cultural sector.

www.musedcn.org.uk

info@museDCN.org.uk 

@museumDCN

 

Museum Detox

Museum Detox are volunteer led network for people of colour who work in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and the heritage sector.

www.museumdetox.org

@museum_detox

 

Museum Freelance

Museum Freelance are an organisation that supports freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries.

www.museumfreelance.org

museumfreelance@gmail.com

@museumfreelance

 

Museum as Muck

Museum as Muck is a network for working class museum and gallery professionals.

@museumasmuck

www.facebook.com/groups/museumasmuck

 

Museum Wellness Network

Museum Wellness Network are a network for museum professionals to connect and discuss their experiences with mental health and wellbeing in the sector.

www.museumwellnessnetwork.wordpress.com

@museum_wellness

 

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network is currently an emerging group that aims to create a UK-wide network that supports people working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories. 

Updates on the creation of the network are available on the University of Leicester Research Centre for Museums and Galleries website.  

 

Scottish Heritage Social Media Group

Scottish Heritage Social Media Group is a peer to peer support network for social media contributors within the Scottish history, heritage, archaeology and museum sectors.

wwww.scottishheritagesocialmediagroup.com

scotheritagesmg@outlook.com

@ScotHeritageSMG

 

Show the Salary

Show the Salary is a campaign group taking action to address pay gaps and inequality in the charity sector.

www.showthesalary.com

showthesalary@gmail.com

@ShowTheSalary

 

Space Invaders

Space Invaders are a campaign group for change for women in museums and heritage in response to equality in the sector. There are several regional groups as well as the main campaign group.

www.mspaceinvaders.com

@MSpaceInvaders

 

Non Graduates Welcome

Non Graduates Welcome is a campaign group taking action against the charity sector to remove the requirement for unspecified degree level qualifications in fundraising job descriptions.

www.nongraduateswelcome.co.uk

Campaign@NonGraduatesWelcome.co.uk

@nongradswelcome

 

Art not Oil

Art Not Oil is a campaign group working to end Big Oil cultural sponsorship.   

www.artnotoil.org.uk

info@artnotoil.org.uk

@ArtNotOil

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