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 January 2017 we went to Amsterdam. You can read an excellent report by our four successful Martin Howe Bursary applicants here.


Recent study trips have included Barcelona, Belfast, Istanbul and Brussels. The 2016 study trip was to Rome.

Cologne 2018

The 2018 SEMFed Study Trip will be to Cologne, Germany and will take place from 31 January to 3 February.

Places on the trip are limited to 30 to allow for a good ‘behind the scenes’ experience. Exact details of visits included on the trip are still being confirmed but will include visits to a range of museums & galleries, including behind-the-scenes tours, Q & A’s and added value experiences.

The trip is open to all current SEMFed members and their partners. (Membership costs £10 for the year)


Booking deadlines:

  • Booking will open on Tuesday 31st October and close on Thursday 30th November, or once the trip is full.
  • Deadline to apply for the Martin Howe bursary is Wednesday 18th October.

For more information and a potential itinerary, download this information sheet.

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.

Rome Study Trip 2016


The Rome study trip took place between 27th — 30th January 2016.

Take a look at pictures by following this link to Flikr


Four of us who were new to the annual Study Trip have written up some of our impressions to give you a flavour…


Buongiorno! We recently enjoyed a fantastic study trip to Rome with the South and East Museums Federation. Visiting a range of museums with talks and tours we enjoyed getting to know more about the organisation of Italian museums and how they compare to our own places of work. With time to explore what else the eternal city has to offer we tasted good food, saw amazing sites and got to know other members of the Federation.


To read the full article, follow this link