Our Partners

The South West Museum Development Partnership Board

The South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
The SW Fed represents and supports the museums and galleries of the South West, along with their workers and supporters. Both the Chair and Vice-Chair of the SW Fed sit on the South West Museum Development Partnership Board. The SW Fed is also the delivery agent for the South West Museum Skills programme and is funded by SWMDP to provide a communications network for museums in the South West.

Cornwall Council
A representative of Cornwall Council sits on the Board to provide a Local Authority perspective on the needs and priorities for museum development. Cornwall Council also invests in the programme making a financial contribution to the provision of three part-time Cornwall Museum Development Officers.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council
The head of RAMM sits on the Board as one of the current ACE funded Major Partner Museums in the South West. They also host the regional Conservation Development Officer and one of Devon Museum Development Officers.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Cornwall Museum Partnership
A representative of the museum sits on the Board as a one the of ACE funded Major Partner Museums in the South West for 2015-18.

Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth City Council
The head of Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery sits on the Board as one of the three current ACE funded Major Partner Museums in the South West.

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
The Director of the museum sits on the Board to provide representation from the independent museum sector.

Wiltshire Council
A representative of Wiltshire County Council sits on the Board to provide a Local Authority perspective on the needs and priorities for museum development. Wiltshire Council also fully fund Museum Development Officer provision for Wiltshire.

Real Ideas Organisation
The Arts Council England bridge learning organisation works to connect young people with arts and culture. RIO joined the board in August 2014 to work with the partnership to achieve a coherent offer of support to engage with children and young people.

Arts and Health South West
Arts and Health South West is an information, support and advocacy organisation that raise the profile and facilitate the role of arts in enhancing health and wellbeing. They joined the board in October 2014 to work with the partnership enhance the opportunities for museums to engage with the health sector.

Financial contributors

Arts Council England

The following local authorities make a financial contribution to Museum Development Officer provision in their local area:

Bath and North East Somerset Council
Bristol City Council
Bournemouth Borough Council
Budleigh-Salterton Town Council
Cornwall Council
Dorset County Council
East Devon District Council
Gloucester City Council
Mid Devon District Council
North Devon & Torridge Council
Poole Borough Council
Sidmouth Town Council
Somerset County Council
South Gloucestershire Council
South Somerset District Council
Stroud District Council
Swindon Borough Council
Teignbridge District Council
Torbay Council
West Devon Borough Council
Wiltshire Council

Non-financial contributors

Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire county council provide hosting for our Gloucestershire MDO at Gloucestershire records office.