South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries


Bristol has a diverse range of both independent and city council museums.

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives is the City Council service which runs the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Red Lodge Museum, Georgian House Museum and the Blaise Castle House Museum. In addition it runs the Kings Weston Roman Villa site and the Bristol Record Office.

The service is a Major Partner Museum with ACE under the revised Renaissance scheme. Its museum collections cover Archaeology, World Cultures, Biology, Geology, Public History, Fine, Decorative and Eastern Arts and Industrial & Maritime History. Geology, Eastern Art and the collections reflecting the growth and history of the city (the City of Bristol collection) are all Designated. During 2012 it took over ownership of the collections formerly held in the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (now closed).

South West Fed County Rep: Iona Keen

Our County Reps provide a communication channel between members and the South West Fed Board. They have a slot at county group meetings to provide information and news, and can feed back information to our Board about things you tell them, such as training needs, local news, meeting dates, successes, challenges etc.

Contact Iona Keen by email

Museum Development Officers (SWMDP)

Museum Development Officers are managed by the South West Museum Development Programme and 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.

Read about the impact of Museum Development on the SWMDP Annual Review pages here:

Bristol MDO

You can find out who your MDO is for Bristol, along with contact details, by visiting the SWMDP website here: