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Subject Specialist Networks

Overview

Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) include both Scottish national, and UK-wide, groups. SSNs tend to be structured around knowledge-sharing among holders of specific collections types, including contemporary art, military/regimental collections, numismatics, or natural sciences, and provide opportunities for sharing knowledge and enhancing skills in collections subject areas. These groups can offer specific advice around these collection areas, supporting museums in the understanding, development and care of collections across Scotland and the UK.

On this page you can find some SSNs referenced by the subject they support. If you'd like to find support for those working in museums in your geographic area, visit our Geographic Museum Forums page.

 

Archaeology

Society for Museum Archaeology

UK wide

For more information visit: www.socmusarch.org.uk

or contact Gail Boyle gail.boyle@bristol.gov.uk

 

Medieval Pottery Research Group

UK wide

For more information visit:  www.medievalpottery.org.uk

or contact Andrew Sage secretary@medievalpottery.org.uk

 

Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF)

Scotland specific

For more information visit:  www.scottishheritagehub.com

or contact scarf@socantscot.org

Arts

Art UK

UK wide

For more information visit:  http://artuk.org/

or contact info@artuk.org

 

Contemporary Art Society

UK wide

For more information visit: http://www.contemporaryartsociety.org/about/

Or contact: info@contemporaryartsociety.org

 

Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN)

Scotland specific

https://sca-net.org/what-is-scan

 

Scottish Society for Art Historians

Scotland specific

https://ssahistory.wordpress.com/

 

Understanding British Portraits

UK wide

https://www.britishportraits.org.uk/

Costume & Textile

The Costume Society of Scotland

Scotland specific

www.costumesocietyscotland.co.uk

 

Dress and Textile Specialists (DATS)

UK wide

For more information visit: www.dressandtextilespecialists.org.uk

or contact Rebecca Quinton: Rebecca.Quinton@glasgowlife.org.uk

Education & Learning

GEM Scotland

Scotland specific

https://gem.org.uk/

Emergency Services

Fire Heritage Network

UK wide 

For more information visit:  www.fireheritage.org

or contact Bob Bonner: secretary@fireheritage.org

Industrial & Transport

The British Aviation Preservation Council

UK wide

For more information visit: www.bapc.org.uk

or contact Brian Dixon secretarybapc@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network (STICK)

Scotland specific

For more information visit: http://www.stickssn.org/site/

or contact: collections@dundeeheritage.co.uk

 

Maritime Curators’ Group

UK wide

For more information visit: http://www.ukmcs.org.uk/maritime-curators-group/

or contact Joanna Thomas: joannat@ssgreatbritain.org

 

Go Industrial

Scotland specific

A dynamic group of industrial museums in Scotland. The network’s aim is to ensure that Scotland's amazing industrial heritage continues to play an important role in our rich culture, and serves to inspire the future whilst safeguarding the past.

For more information visit: https://www.goindustrial.co.uk/                                                                                                                                   

or contact Emma Halford-Forbes: discover@goindustrial.co.uk

Medical

UK Medical Collections Group

UK wide

For more information visit: https://subjectspecialistnetworks.org.uk/find-an-ssn/uk-medical-collections-group/

or contact katie.dabin@sciencemuseum.ac.uk and mark.johnson@sciencemuseum.ac.k

Military

Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT)

UK wide

For more information visit: www.armymuseums.org.uk

or contact Andrew Lloyd diramot@armymuseums.co.uk

 

Association of Scottish Military Museums (ASSM)

Scotland specific

For more information contact INFHQ-SCOTS-HeritageSO2@mod.uk

Money & Medals

Money and Medals Network

UK wide

For more information visit:  www.moneyandmedals.org.uk

Or contact newsletter@moneyandmedals.org.uk or Gabriela Hallas GHallas@britishmuseum.org

Music

Musical Instruments Resource Network (MIRN)

UK wide

For more information visit:  www.mirn.org.uk

or contact enquiries@mirn.org.uk

Natural sciences

Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA)

UK wide

For more information visit:  http://natsca.org/

or contact chair@natsca.org           

Rural

Rural Museums Network

UK wide

For more information visit:  www.ruralmuseums.org.uk

or contact Robin Hanley Robin.hanley@norfolk.gov.uk

Social History

Social History Curators’ Group

UK wide

For more information visit:  www.shcg.org.uk

or contact Catherine Newley: catherine.newley@stalbans.gov.uk

Sport

Sport Heritage Scotland

Scotland specific

For more information visit: http://sportsheritagescotland.co.uk/index.php/about

 

Sport in Museums Network/Sporting Heritage

UK wide

For more information visit: www.sportinmuseums.org.uk

or contact sportingheritage@outlook.com

World Cultures

Association for Curators for Collections from Egypt and Sudan

UK wide

For more information visit:  https://accesssn.wordpress.com/

or contact Alice Stevenson alice.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk

 

Scottish Egyptology Network

Scotland specific

For more information contact: Egyptology@nms.ac.uk

 

China Art Research Network

UK wide

For more information visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/research/arthistoryresearch/projectsandnetworks/chinaartresearchnetwork/

 

East Asia Collections in Scotland Network

Scotland specific

For more information contact: partnerships@nms.ac.uk

 

Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN

UK wide

For more information visit:  http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/iamcssn/index.php/en/

or contact Rebecca Bridgman rebecca.bridgman@birminghammuseums.org.uk

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This website draws together information about all of the Subject Specialist Networks in the UK

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