North West AMA Support Group

Who are we?

The North West AMA Support Group was launched in December 2002 and is a forum which exists to help museum professionals working towards the AMA in the region.

Who is the group for?

The group is for anyone doing the AMA, or thinking of starting it. We currently have about 40 members working towards their AMA. Members are from across the North West, from Cumbria to north Wales and are from a wide variety of museum backgrounds, working in a wide variety of institutions.

What are our aims?

To create opportunities for prospective AMAs to meet others in the region, discuss issues and chat informally about CPD and the museums profession.

Give members a chance to visit different museums around the region and keep up to date with what is happening in different areas of the profession.

To create CDP opportunities through members hosting or contributing to meetings.

To be respondent to members' needs by providing information about the AMA and CPD and organising sessions that are relevant.

How often do we meet?

Meetings are held every two months, usually for an afternoon. Meetings usually have a theme and are held at different venues across the North West.

They usually involve a tour, informal presentations/speakers, and time to chat/network. Members are contacted about all meetings but are welcome to drop in and out as time and needs allow.

Outside of meetings, members have each other's email addresses and are encouraged to use this as a forum for discussion and support.

Who organises the meetings?

Meetings are organised by the two joint co-ordinators of the group, who welcome input from the group for ideas for meetings/volunteers to host meetings.

North West AMA Support Group Coordinators

Mary Ann Lancaster

(t) 07714 149351

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06.07.2020, 18:28
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Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
04.10.2016, 23:06
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 Mary Ann a line and see when the next meeting is.

For more help and support please contact us
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
19.09.2016, 15:53
Hope everyone is progressing well with their AMA. Remember if you need any help then please let me know.

Hope your next meeting goes well - I really enjoyed going to the meeting in July 2016.
Susan Gleave
MA Member
08.12.2015, 15:32
Please note, the NW AMA Support Group meeting planned for Tuesday 15th December 2015 at Abbot Hall in Kendal has been cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions and transport problems in the area.

The meeting will be rescheduled in the New Year, we will forward details as soon as arrangements have been made. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience.
09.02.2013, 22:24
When is the next support group for the area?
Patrick Steel
MA Member
Website Editor, Museums Association
11.02.2013, 10:15
Hi Gina -

Try emailing Francesca, she should be able to fill you in:
11.06.2010, 17:04
Hi Deborah,
Please contact Craig Sherwood Co-cordinator of the NW support group (
MA Member
18.05.2010, 16:05
Who is in charge of the North West AMA Group, as I would like to join and do not know who to contact at this point. Let me know, so that I can be included in the next group meeting, please. I am currently working on a documentation project for Lancaster Museums. Thank You, Deborah Keaveney
19.03.2010, 15:17
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