South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries


Gloucestershire sits in the South West of England, and encompasses part of the Cotswolds and the River Severn and all of the ancient Forest of Dean. Visit the Gloucestershire Revealed website to find out more about the county’s museums. You may find the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub useful - you can access the website by clicking here.

At the 2007 AGM the membership of the SWFed voted to create two sub-regions for Gloucestershire based upon the two current County Museum Groups, representing Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

South West Fed County Rep: Emily Cooper

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.

Emily is the Collections Officer at Nature in Art.

Contact Emily Cooper.

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:

Gloucestershire MDO

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