Fellowship of the Museums Association

Fellowship of the Museums Association

Encouraging an advanced level of professional contribution
What is the Fellowship of the Museums Association?

The Fellowship of the Museums Association (FMA) is a professional development award that recognises and encourages an advanced level of professional contribution, development and achievement by people in any area of museum work.

Who are Fellows of the Museums Association?

Fellows go above and beyond their job role:

• leading change in an organisation, area of practice, or thinking, which has significant impact

• supporting the development of others

• generously sharing their skills and knowledge

• advocating for museums and the work of museums.

To see a full list of criteria for the FMA, click here

The Museums Association champions the value of museums to society and supports people who work in and for them (including volunteers); this mission and the Museums Association’s key values of independence, creativity, integrity and inclusivity, underpin the above criteria for achieving the FMA.

Case studies

Sally Macdonald, Len Pole, Isabel Churcher, and Alexander Hayward are just some of our current Fellows. You can read about their experiences of the FMA, their take on some key FMA values, and what they gained from the programme in our case studies section.

The assessment process at a glance

• The FMA is peer assessed in a face-to-face meeting where candidates demonstrate their continuing achievement of the FMA criteria.

• Candidates will need to submit a formal application at least one month prior to attending an appraisal.

• Those interested in applying for the FMA are asked to book in a preliminary telephone meeting with a member of MA staff before formally registering on the scheme.


There is a £120 fee to participate in the FMA programme.

How do I apply to become a Fellow of the Museums Association?

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of the Museums Association please contact the MA’s Professional Development team to register your interest and to discuss the assessment process in more detail. You need to be a full or concessionary member of the Museums Association in order to apply and retain FMA status.

(t) 020 7566 7860

(e) cpd@museumsassociation.org