Founding organisation

National Heritage

National Heritage: the Museums Action Movement was founded as an independent registered charity to support and promote museums and galleries in the UK, and to represent the interests of their visitors and other users. It launched the original Museum of the Year Awards in 1973.

Art Fund

The Art Fund is the UK's leading art charity. It has 80,000 members. Since its foundation in 1903, The Art Fund has helped UK public collections acquire 750,000 works of art. The Art Fund is independent of government and raises money from membership subscriptions, donations and legacies.

Museums Association

The Museums Association is the independent body representing museums and galleries within the United Kingdom and those who work in them. As a charitable membership body it involves and informs all sides of the museum and gallery community from curators to marketers, and from trustees to educators. The Association publishes Museums Journal, Museum Practice and Museums Yearbook as well as running conferences and seminars, monitoring ethical and professional standards and lobbying on behalf of museums and galleries.

Campaign for Museums

The Campaign for Museums was set up as charity by the writer and broadcaster Loyd Grossman in 1997 to launch Museums Week which in 2000 became the annual Museums and Galleries Month. It established the 24 Hour Museum in 1999 now an independent charity The last Museums and Galleries Month took place in 2008 and the Campaign for Museums was dissolved in 2009.