“A source of expert guidance, a forum to meet and share ideas, a supporting voice for
the profession, and an unfailing inspiration for new ventures – this is the Surrey Museums
Partnership. It brings together the diverse museums of the county, large and small, to create a whole which is more than the sum of its parts. Its work in conservation, joint projects, development grants, publicity, and advocacy has made a huge difference to the services we are able to supply to the public. Museums here would be much weaker in their public profile and professional standards without the help of Surrey Museums Partnership. And they serve good cake.” Jeremy Harte – Curator, Bourne Hall Museum
We raise the profile of Surrey’s cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. We promote museums through events, annual campaigns, joint advertising, media coverage, articles, interviews, web presence and links to wider networks. All of these help increase visitor numbers, and promote museum contribution to the local economy and tourism.
All Surrey museums and galleries can benefit from our small grants programme. It is the only small grants programme in the Southeast region, and the only grant supporting remedial conservation. Our funding priorities include family and community events, conservation of artefacts, training and IT development.
We build quality relationships with those in community groups, heritage, arts, education, archives, tourism, and libraries. We work towards a common purpose together with our museum partners to improve cultural opportunities, break down barriers and build community cohesion. You’ll find examples of our partnership projects on the Blog page.
We help museums preserve local heritage, promote cultural identity and work with vulnerable and hard-to-reach members of the community. Part of this stems from our support for the volunteer workforce who are the backbone of many museums in the heart of their communities.
Audience & Learning Development
We work in partnership to develop school programmes, support family activities, connect with communities, create learning resources, provide training, coordinate network groups, share professional knowledge of national developments and respond strategically. You can find out more about our learning partnership work on the Blog page.
Care of collections is key. Good conservation is expensive and hard to find. We provide free, on-call advice, practical conservation and skills sharing to all Surrey museums. We also work with regional colleagues who provide conservation expertise and training through the Southeast Museum Development service.
We provide links to relevant contacts in the sector for advice, partnership working, bids for resources, joint events and joint purchasing. We also provide links to Sector Professionals, and work especially closely with our colleagues in Arts Council England and the Southeast Museum Development service.