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 2019 we visited Copenhagen. You can read an excellent report by our successful Martin Howe Bursary applicant here.


Recent study trips have included Barcelona, Belfast, Istanbul, Brussels and Amsterdam. The 2018 study trip was to Cologne.

Copenhagen 2019

The 2019 SEMFed Study Trip was to Copenhagen, Denmark.

You can read an excellent report by our successful Martin Howe Bursary applicant here.


If you prefer to read the report in PDF form, you can download by clicking this link.


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


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.