Museum Essentials Online Learning

Online learning for MA members seeking to develop their core skills and knowledge

Our Museum Essentials online learning programme will build your confidence and competence in key areas of museum practice.

The courses are free and available to all individual members of the Museums Association. Through a combination of content and exercises, you can complete each course at your own pace, at a time and place that suits you.

The first two courses are now online: Working Ethically and Working with Collections. Further courses will be added in future.

Each course has been designed by experts and draws upon a range of Museums Association publications and other resources and content.

They are a perfect introduction to new staff, students, volunteers and recent entrants to the sector or they can be a refresher to help you stay up to date with new practice. These courses also support the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) competencies.

Museum Essentials: Working with Collections


The Working with Collections course takes 5-15 hours to complete and can be worked on in stages. The five modules cover dynamic collections practice, contemporary collecting and interpretation.

The course teaches you how to make better use of your collections and introduces you to the key principles around collecting, disposal of collections and the basics of interpretation, documentation and participatory practice.

This course is beneficial to anyone working in a museum, gallery or heritage site, regardless of role. It gives new entrants an overview of museum collections practice, which gives them a better understanding of their organisation even if they do not work directly with collections.

Museum Essentials: Working Ethically
 

The Working Ethically course takes 5-15 hours to complete and can be worked on in stages. There are five modules which cover public engagement and benefit, individual and institutional integrity, and stewardship.

The course encompasses the MA’s Code of Ethics and the ethical, moral and legal position. It covers considerations in public engagement and benefit, how ethics effects stewardship, and how we care for and use collections. You will learn the beginnings of arguments around sponsorship and look at various ethical dilemmas.

This course is beneficial to anyone working in a museum, gallery or heritage site, regardless of role. It gives new entrants a thorough introduction to ethical practice which can be applied across any area of museum practice.

Coming soon – Museum Essentials: Participatory Practice

Become a member

If you are not currently an individual member, join here today to access Museum Essentials and other benefits.

Discounts are available for employers purchasing multiple memberships. You may wish to sign up several members of staff and volunteers as part of their induction process, so that they can undertake the Museum Essentials courses.

Please contact membership@museumsassociation.org for further details.
 
Feedback on Museum Essentials

“A good overview for me on some fundamental issues. I am new to the museums sector and now feel I could 'keep up' and maybe participate with confidence during team meetings.”

Alison Fish, Visitor Experience Assistant (Culture and Heritage), Groundwork South and North Tyneside


“I found it very in depth and learnt a great deal.”
 
Katie Bowman, Dylan Thomas Centre