Senior curator Gail Boyle has been awarded the FMA

FMA awarded to two museum professionals

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 10.09.2018
Fellowship recognises advanced level of achievement in the museum sector
Two museum professionals have been awarded the Fellowship of the Museums Association (FMA), the Museums Association’s (MA) most advanced professional development award.

The FMA recognises the highest level of professional contribution, development and achievement in any area of museum work. The latest professionals to receive the distinction are Gail Boyle, the senior curator (archaeology and world cultures) at Bristol Culture, and Linda Coode, the collections and exhibition manager at Aerospace Bristol.  

Boyle said: “I am delighted to have been awarded the Fellowship for many reasons, not least of which because the application process provided me with an excellent opportunity to take stock of my achievements to date, reflect on my current practice and consider my next steps.

“What I found particularly attractive was that the FMA criteria are framed in such a way that individuals can demonstrate how they meet them through a wide range of non-prescriptive experiences and that for some, they also provide an all-round framework against which continuing professional development activity can be focused.”

A total of four people have become Fellows so far this year; Tehmina Goskar, a consultant curator and heritage interpreter, and Helen Brown, an independent curator and museum consultant, both received their Fellowships in March.
The FMA is a flexible programme that verifies and validates people’s contributions to the sector, as well as offering a framework for professional development for those who want to build on their leadership capacity.

The Fellowship programme offers clear, agreed standards for development and assessment; templates and guidance to support CPD planning, recording and reflection; access to a network of existing and prospective Fellows; and opportunities to engage with FMA professional reviewers for support throughout the process.

Achieving the award demonstrates competence and commitment to the sector, and brings with it ongoing opportunities, including networking and invitations to be involved in the work of the MA to support the sector.

The MA’s professional development officer, Tamsin Russell, said: “We have seen a significant increase in registrations for the FMA since late 2016 and are looking forward to welcoming more Fellows to the MA by the end of the year.

“We have just hosted our second Fellows networking event in Scotland and are looking forward to continuing with our Fellow engagement programme.

“If you are interested, the first step is to drop me a line and we can arrange a call, I can answer your questions and talk you through the process.”

If you would like to enquire about the FMA, please email Tamsin Russell at