Study Trip


Image of group at the Rome Study Trip


The South and East Museums Federation is unique among UK Museum Federations in organising an annual study trip that gives members a rare opportunity to visit behind the scenes and meet members of staff from museums across Europe and beyond.

Study trips are organised voluntarily by SEMFed members. It is a great opportunity to learn from fellow professionals across the world and socialise with fellow SEMFed members over dinner & drinks. 

In 2020 we visited Cardiff. You can read two excellent reports by our successful Martin Howe Bursary applicants here and here.

Recent study trips have included Barcelona, Belfast, Istanbul, Brussels and Amsterdam. The 2019 study trip was to Copenhagen. 

Covid-19 Update

The SEMFed committee have decided that it is best to cancel the 2021 study trip. This is due to the uncertainty brought with the Covid-19 pandemic. As members will understand, the amount of time and effort that goes into planning a study trip means we regularly start in the summer of the previous year. We hope to come back with a fantastic study trip in 2022.

Martin Howe Bursary

Each year, the Federation offers a travel bursary in honour of Martin Howe, an ex-President of the Fed who was involved with the organisation for many years.

Martin Howe was Curator at Peterborough Museum from the 1980s to the early 1990s, when he became ill and died at a young age. His background was in archaeology and he had excavated all over the place including in Scandinavia, but by instinct he was a polymath, interested in and knowledgeable about a wide range of human history. Together with Martin’s widow, the Federation decided a travel bursary would be a small but fitting way to commemorate his life.

The £200 bursary helps to cover travel and accommodation costs of the study trip and is open to all SEMFed members who have not been on the Study Trip before.

More information and how to apply for this year’s bursary is available here.

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