Study Days

The SEMFed holds events throughout the year which are for all members at minimal cost. Our events offer an opportunity for informal networking with fellow museums professionals.

Upcoming events

SEM Fed Study Day in Cambridge and AGM

The annual SEM Fed AGM will this year be held in Cambridge with visits to the Whipple Museum and the Museum of Zoology.

Friday 23rd July 2021, 10.00am‑3.30pm

The annual SEMFed AGM will this year be part of a day visiting museums in Cambridge. We will be spending time at both the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and the Museum of Zoology.

The day will include a range of talks from museum staff covering community programmes, working with volunteers, and digital engagement. A wonderful opportunity to get back to visiting museums, networking and learning from each other.

Suitable covid secure measures will be in place throughout the day as per the guidance at the time of the event, and details will be sent to booked attendees shortly before the event. Please bring a face covering unless you are exempt and wear when indicated.

The itinerary will include:

10–10.30: Arrival and coffee, at the Whipple Museum

10.30–11.30: Sem Fed AGM

11.30 — 12: A session on virtual volunteering at the Whipple and their database project

12 — 12.30: Talk about Sawston Village College project reaching underrepresented audiences

12.30–1:00: Tour of the Whipple Museum

1–2: Networking lunch (included)

2–3.30: Zoology Museum afternoon sessions including representing research through digital engagement, Matt Hayes discussing the Esmee Fairbairn project Current Wildlife, and discussing conservation with historic objects.

3:30: Close

Join us for a long awaited day of learning and networking in Cambridge.

Tickets include lunch and morning refreshments.

SEMFed is a membership organisation, if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership please make sure you purchase a Membership & Study Day ticket.

Past events

SEMF Study Day March 2021: Remote audience programmes — what have we learnt so far?

Monday 8th March, 10.00am-12.30pm

With daily life still far from normal we will be taking a look at how museums and other heritage organisations in our region have been adapting to engaging with audiences remotely. Through a range of case studies, we will be hearing about how we have still been reaching schools and communities in new ways, and what has been learnt so far.


  • Learning in Lockdown, What I did in my sitting room , Cas Sanders, Learning Officer, North Hertfordshire Museum
  • The Special Delivery project, Candida Wingate, Senior Project Development Officer, Suffolk Artlink
  • Digital learning at Time and Tide Museum, Clare Fellas, Eastern Area Learning Officer
  • Archaeology Online – Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk, Alice De Leo, Project Delivery Officer, Suffolk County Council
  • Eat Sleep Clean Repeat. Welcoming visitors back to the British Schools Museum, Mark Copley, Curator, British Schools Museum

Monday 19th October

Audience engagement in lockdown – case studies from Suffolk museums

Our first online event! We heard how museums across Suffolk have shifted their audience engagement activities during lockdown. Read the report here.

Monday 21 October 2019

Amersham Museum, Study Day

We visited the recently redeveloped Amersham Museum in Buckinghamshire and had a day jam packed with engaging talks and interactive sessions showcasing the Museum’s activities.

Monday 1 July 2019

Welwyn Hatfield, Mill Green Museum Study Day + AGM

Our annual SEM Fed AGM was held in the beautiful surroundings of Mill Green Museum & Mill in Hertfordshire.

To read a report of the day, visit the news page here.

Thursday 28 March 2019

Royal Airforce Museum, Hendon, London

If you didn’t make it to study day, never fear, our wonderful study report is here.

If you would like to read about our past study days, visit our News Page for previous articles.