South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries


Dorset Museums have many varied collections of archaeological, geological, social history and fine art material.

All of Dorset’s museums are independent charities, some of which receive funding from their local councils, but nearly all rely on their own fundraising and/or admission charges.

Details of the museums of Dorset can be found on the Dorset Museums website.

South West Fed County Rep: Maureen La Frenais

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.

Maureen is the a heritage, arts and interpretation consultant.

Contact Maureen 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:

Dorset MDO

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