The South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries (SWFed) is proud to represent and support the diverse heritage sector in the South West of England. Since 1931, we have been the one independent voice for the sector in the whole region. We are passionate about working with museums, galleries and heritage sites, along with their workers and supporters.
We promote a culture of shared learning across the region by connecting members with each each other, with relevant partners, and with the wider sector.
Members develop skills from our events, partner training programmes, and by being directed to other CPD opportunities in the region and beyond.
Resources and information provided through our website, eBulletins, newsletters and social media give members and others in the sector guidance, ideas, advice and the latest news.
We champion the value and benefits of the South West’s museums, art galleries and heritage sites.
We provide an umbrella body for regional subject specialist groups – currently, the SW Implement Petrology Group
Anyone organisation or person working in or with the heritage sector in the South West of England. This includes:
Visit the Membership page for more information.
Our Board has at least one representative from each county and an observer each from Arts Council England and the SW Museum Development Partnership. We work with representatives from the National Trust, the Museums Association, the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAfM) and the Association of Independent Museums (AIM). The committee meets every quarter with full membership meetings at the AGM in early summer.
You can read our business plan by clicking here and our forward plan by clicking here.
Our Rules & Memorandum and Articles of Association can be downloaded here:
The Federation represents the views and interests of museums in the South West to a range of bodies including:
We would like to thank the following funders and partners who have enabled us to carry out our work: