East of England AMA Support Group

Who are we?

The East of England AMA Support Group is a forum which exists to help museum, gallery and other heritage professionals who are working towards the AMA in the region.

Who is the group for?

The group welcomes everyone, from those who are thinking about starting, to those who have made more progress on the AMA.

Members are welcome from across the East of England, working in a wide variety of organisations and areas of interest.


For information about the East of England Support Group please email Jo Murfitt,  jmurfitt@hotmail.co.uk, or visit our events pages where all AMA Support Group meetings are advertised.

If you want to post an upcoming event, have a question, or want to make a comment, please use the box below:


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Jordan Bacon
Digital Services Co-ordinator, Norfolk Museums Service
01.09.2017, 11:48
We look forward to welcoming lots of fellow AMA-ers to the upcoming Support Group meetings - these informal get-togethers are a great way to talk through ideas, issues and progress with a group of friendly museum professionals who are all working towards the same goal, the dates of the next two meetings are:

20 September 2017, Wardown House, Luton

6 December 2017, Colchester Castle (TBC)

Please contact either myself (jordan.bacon@norfolk.gov.uk) or Miranda (miranda.rowlands@norfolk.gov.uk) if you'd like to be included on the mailing list, or you'd like more details about these meetings.
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
04.10.2016, 23:04
The AMA Support Groups are an excellent went of extending your knowledge of the different functions and roles of a museum. It enables you at second hand to meet and interview people that may have a remit for particular areas of the Knowledge Journal; as well as more broadly. So why not drop Grete a line and see when the next meeting is.

For more help and support please contact us CPD@museumsassociation.org
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
19.09.2016, 15:52
Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome at the meeting on Friday the Fitz was sumptuous and dry! Please remember if you need any help regarding your AMA or professional development in general then drop me a line tamsin@museumsassociation.org
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
09.09.2016, 11:47
So looking forward to attending the Support Group Meeting next week. Please think about any questions that you may have in relation to your AMA or professional development in general.
Grete Dalum-Tilds
MA Member
Project Manager, Stevenage Museum
09.07.2015, 09:25
Next AMA support group meeting will be at Saffron Walden Museum Friday October 9th:

As a special offer - the South and East Museum Federation are offering a Study Day to AMAers without becoming a member. The SEMF offers fantastic opportunities to see behind the scenes in museums, hear about current projects and discuss issues, lots of opportunities for networking with fellow museum professionals. The Study and AMA day will take place on Friday 9th October and will be roughly as follows:

A talk from Leah, Collections Officer, about a large scale store move into a new purpose built store.
A talk from Carolyn, Curator, about the collections and origin of the museum (it's the one Britain's oldest museums!)
We'll also get a talk from Gemma about the education and outreach work that she does.
There will be a £7.50 charge for lunch (a fantastic networking opportunity) Booking will be available via eventbrite nearer the time.
At 2pm, there will be a room available for AMA related discussion for a couple of hours before closing by 4.

Thanks to Leah at Saffron Walden and Lauren from the SEMF for bringing the two events together. We hope you will appreciate the option of a whole day of goings on, I am really looking forwards to it.
Best wishes Grete
Chris Wood
MA Member
10.12.2014, 16:37
Sorry, but we've had to cancel the meeting on Friday 12th in Royston, as our host is unwell.

I'll try to organise soemthing in the NewYear.

Best wishes,

Chris Wood
MA Member
04.12.2014, 11:02
The next support group meeting is on Friday 12th December at Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery, starting at 11am.

If you would like to come, please let me know at chris@transplan.org, so that I can advise our host of numbers.

In the morning, we'll see something of the museum, courtesy of its Curator, Sarah Russell. In the afternoon, as part of our usual round-table discussion on the AMA and people's questions about it, we will be able to draw on the wisdom and experiences of three people, including our host, who have recently finished their AMA. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get a longer-term perspective on the AMA process. The get-together is also an opportunity to share ideas, experiences and useful connections.

The museum is five minutes' walk from Royston railway station, with excellent connections from London King's Cross and Cambridge. You can its location on its web-site: http://www.roystonmuseum.org.uk/how_to_find_us.html .

Please make your own arrangements for lunch.



Chris Wood
01603 - 667 314
07707 - 223 099
Chris Wood
MA Member
22.11.2013, 13:25
Dear All,

The programme for the East of England AMA Support Group meeting in Norwich on Friday 6th December is now finalised and is set out below.

Please let me know if you're coming, so I can make sure the room is big enough, the front desk knows who to expect, and there's enough tea, coffee and biccies! Even if you can't make this one, please get in touch and let me know if you're happy for other people in the region doing the AMA to have your e-mail address (so that it will become easier for me to co-ordinate future meetings and send out information, and so that you can ask each other questions outside of meetings!). Contact me on: chris@transplan.org .

Thanks to those who have been in touch already!

Best wishes,


Chris Wood
01603 - 667 314
07707 - 223 099


The Shirehall Study Centre (Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service), Market Avenue, Norwich (see below).


10:30 Tea, coffee and introductions.

10:45 A round-table discussion about the AMA, CPD and what people want out of the group. (Please feel free to bring up any specific AMA-related issues; we're all at different stages and come from different starting points, so may be able to help each other!)

12:45 Lunch break (sorry, not provided - but there are plenty of options close by).

13:45 A tour of the state-of-the-art Costume and Textiles store at the Shirehall with textile curator Lisa Little.

14:30 'Operation Teapot', a real-life case study of organising an emergency gallery decant, with conservator David Harvey.

15:00 Concluding discussions and future meetings.

15:30 Finish - tea and coffee for those wanting to stay and chat a little longer.

Finding the Shirehall Study Centre

The Shirehall is attached to the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, but at the opposite side from the Castle entrance, at the junction of Market Avenue and Castle Meadow. So, if you're coming by...

Train (www.greateranglia.co.uk): leave the station following the main pedestrian route ahead, cross the bridge and walk straight up Prince of Wales Road (it's the one with one-way traffic coming towards you), until you see the Castle mound and a war memorial. The Shirehall is to the left of the memorial.

Bus: Castle Meadow is the main city and county bus interchange, although some long-distance buses terminate at the Bus Station. Service information from Traveline: http://www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk/ea/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en&timeOffset=15 .

Car: best use the park and ride service (http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Travel_and_transport/TravelNorfolk/Park_and_ride/index.htm) - city-centre car parks are geared to short-stay use.
Chris Wood
MA Member
06.11.2013, 22:09
Dear All,
As the new Co-ordinator I have been talking to those in the group with whom I already have contact and the MA about what people might want and where they are. There are currently two particular concentrations of people doing the AMA in the region, one in Hertfordshire, some looking to London, another in the Norfolk and East Suffolk area. It seems prudent, then, to try a two-centre approach, with no expectation that everyone will attend all meetings. To that end I am trying to organize one meeting in London (no dates as yet proposed, so it will probably be in the New Year now) and one in Norwich, to 'reboot' the group. The Norwich event is now booked for *Friday 6th December 2013* at the Shirehall in Norwich (attached to the Castle Museum and Art Gallery) and will involve a round-table discussion about the AMA, CPD and what people want out of the group, and a session designed to be useful CPD itself (watch this space!). If you want to come along, please e-mail me at the following e-mail address, chris@transplan.org , and I can send you details closer to the date. Please also state whether you are happy for other people in the region doing the AMA to have your e-mail address, so that 1) it will become easier for me to co-ordinate meetings and send out information and 2) you can ask each other questions outside of meetings! This is a support group, so no-one has all the answers - we are all at some stage of the AMA and can help each other with what we have learned so far and learn from others. I look forward to hearing from you! Best wishes, Chris
MA Member
19.06.2012, 15:01
Eastern Region Support Group - Dates for your diary

17th September – AMA support group discussion meeting: ‘The context in which museums operate’ (KJ section 3). Venue TBC

3rd December – AMA support group meeting: CPD logs and plans – discussing peoples plans, progress, linking back to the knowledge journal etc. Provisional venue @ the Fitzwilliam, Cambs.

March 2013 – date/venue TBC

June 2013 – date venue TBC

Confirmation of venues / times for all meetings will follow once they have been confirmed.

Also, If you have any topics, guest speaker ideas etc for future meetings please let me know.

Thanks, Laura
MA Member
19.06.2012, 14:54

I have just started a new role at the Churches Conservation Trust as Volunteering Officer for Norfolk / Suffolk.

I am still co-ordinating the Eastern Region AMA. My new contact details are


please use this to contact me about the group and upcoming meetings!

19.01.2012, 16:02

I have just taken over coordinating the Support Group for the Eastern Region. If you would like any information about our next meeting please email me on

19.03.2010, 16:01
If anyone would like to flag up an event, or post a comment to the rest of the group, then now you can!