South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Bath and North East Somerset

Bath and North-East Somerset boasts a wide range of independent and city council run museums including The Museum of Bath at Work, Bath Postal Museum, The Museum of East Asian Art, No. 1 Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, The American Museum in Bath, Radstock Museum, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, Holburne Museum of Art, Beckford’s Tower, Building of Bath Museum, the Roman Baths, the Victoria Art Gallery and the Fashion Museum!

Despite the range in size, subject matter and resources, all the museums in Bath work together to produce a variety of collaborative events including joint exhibitions, Heritage Open Week (in October) and Museums at Night – which received a commendation in the national Museums & Galleries Month Awards 2007.

Details of the museums in Bath and North East Somerset are available here.


SWFed County Rep: Jill Sutherland

Jill is based at the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

Contact Jill by email.


Museum Development Officer: Elizabeth Neathey

Liz_NeatheyMuseum Development Officers provide a wide range of free support, advice and help to the museums in their area. They co-ordinate meetings, visit museums, help with writing policies and grant applications and are a fund of useful information on everything to do with running a museum.

Find out more about MDOs.

Read about the impact of Museum Development in Bath & NE Somerset in this extract from the SW Museum Development Partnership's Annual Report for 2012/2013


County Museums Group

Get minutes and agendas for the county museum group.