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  • About MEG

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    Welcome to the Museum Ethnographers Group website, the place for resources, support and networking opportunities relating to museum ethnography in the UK.

    Join us to become involved in debates relating to museum ethnography, whether you are working in museums, teaching, researching, studying, or just interested.

    MEG is active across the web - please visit our blog, read our newsletter, and find us on Facebook. Better still, join our community by becoming a member.

    Have news and views relating to Museum Ethnography you want to share? MEG would love to hear from you. If you wish to contribute a blog post please contact MEG's web officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The MEG blog is updated regularly and summarized in MEG newsletters, which are emailed to members every two months from January. Blog posts have included exhibition reviews, event listings, help with identifications and project news. 


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  • MEG Membership

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    MEG Membership

    Join the Museum Ethnographers Group to become involved in debates relating to museum ethnography, whether you are working in museums, teaching, researching, studying, or just interested.

    Membership is open to individuals,and there is a concessionary rate available to those on low incomes (below £18,000), whether students, those in entry-level jobs, pensioners or part-time workers.

    Accredited UK museums can join as institutional members and overseas museums and university libraries can subscribe to the journal.

    You are invited to join us, or to renew your membership, in time for the new membership year (April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020) by visiting the MEG Web Collect page.

    What are the benefits?

    Members receive:

    • The Journal of Museum Ethnography, containing articles, book and exhibition reviews as well as research notes
    • Online access to back copies of the Journal of Museum Ethnography through JSTOR. Members will receive details about this from JSTOR when the new membership year begins. 
    • A heavily discounted rate on conference attendance and some MEG events
    • Access to a tailored programme of events supporting continual professional development
    • The regular e-newsletter containing up-to-date news, reviews, and notices as well as information about events


    For instructions on joining or renewing, please see the Joining and renewing page.

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  • Projects

    MEG Projects

    MEG is keen to support and be involved in the development of projects that are of benefit to our members, and which help to advance the field of Museum Ethnography.

    Below are details of projects, past and present, with which MEG has had a central role. For further details about each project, click on the relevant heading in the list below.

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  • Conference

    MEG Annual Conference

    ConferenceThe Museum Ethnographers Group aims to raise standards in professional practice by enabling the exchange of information between specialists and generalists. The annual spring conference is the key event at which many of these exchanges take place, and is an active interface between museum professionals and university-based researchers.

    Usually hosted at a UK museum, the conference involves the presentation of papers around a set theme, as well as a more general session, at which members present their work-in-progress. In recent years, a tradition has been established whereby the final session of the conference is given over to a discussion of issues arising from the conference. The conference is also the occasion when MEG holds its Annual General Meeting.

    As well as these formal elements, the conference is an excellent opportunity for networking, or as we like to think of it, making new friends and catching up with old ones. During the evening, on the first day of the conference, there is usually a drinks reception in the museum, followed by a dinner elsewhere.


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  • Events


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    The Museum Ethnographers Group runs a lively and affordable programme of events for its members with a focus on continual professional development. Recent events have included visits to exhibitions at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge and the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, a training day in undertaking collections research using family and local history resources, a workshop about curating human remains in UK museums and a visit to the Museum of World Cultures (Världskulturmuseet) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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  • Journal of Museum Ethnography

    Journal of Museum Ethnography

    Journal stack012613The Journal of Museum Ethnography (ISSN 0954–7169) is the journal of record for museum ethnography in the United Kingdom. While it is UK-based, the Journal also regularly includes contributions on museum ethnography outside the United Kingdom.

    Contributions cover all aspects of contemporary and historical practice in museum ethnography, including collecting and collectors, conservation, curation, display and exhibition, documentation, ethics, fieldwork, photography, repatriation, research and theory.

    It is published annually and distributed free to all members and institutional members. It is also available by subscription for University libraries and overseas institutions at a rate of £40 per annum.

    Back copies of the journal have been digitized and have recently been released on JSTOR. Access to this online archive is available for individual members. Members access to JME on JSTOR is no longer provided through this site. From 1st April 2014, new members and those renewing for 2014-2015 will receive an email from JSTOR explaining how they can register and log in to access the Journal of Museum Ethnography through the JSTOR website.

    Institutional access can be arranged directly with JSTOR.

    To arrange a subscription to the journal, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Newsletter

    MEG Newsletter

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    MEG Members receive a regular newsletter, delivered directly to their registered email address. These newsletters are also available to view online via the links below. Newsletters prior to 2010 are also available here in pdf format.

    We always welcome contributions to our newsletter. Articles of around 500 words with any corresponding images for which you have consent for publication should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Examples of content include:

    • Exhibition reviews
    • Conference reviews/reports
    • Project updates
    • Event reviews
    • Calls for help/identification
    • Source community visits
    • Research visits
    • Opinion pieces
    • Announcements
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    • Newsletter Archive

      Newsletters sent prior to March 2011 are available as pdfs.

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  • Blog
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  • Help

    Website Help Articles

    This is the help section of the website which contains articles that will help users to work with the editorial aspects of the website. Articles will include instructions on editing existing articles, pasting in text from a variety of sources, adding images to articles, uploading documents and linking to them in articles, adding links to internal content, creating tables in articles, and adding links to external websites. It will also contain articles about registering for the website and editing your user profile.

    Users with editorial rights will have an additional menu module located in the sidebar on the right of this page. You can use this menu to easily create new articles in each of the sections of the website, add new events, add new links to the MEG newsletter, and so on. Please refer to the relevant Help articles should you need assistance with using this functionality.

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  • Resources

    This section of the MEG website contains links to a variety of resources for individuals working in the field of museum ethnography, including MEG guidelines for working with human remains, project resources, and so on.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Claire Wintle (University of Brighton) and Helen Mears (Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove) are hosting a workshop at the forthcoming Museums Association conference and would love for MEG members to join us! The session will focus on “New Skills and Opportunities for World Cultures Curating” (Friday 4 Oct; 12:10-13:10, Brighton Centre Auditorium). Speakers include Rebecca Bridgman (Chair, SSN...

  • Posted: 21/08/2019 11:57Salary: £29,141 - £37,136 per annum Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers StreetLevel: Collections Care/ConservationDeadline: 23/09/2019 23:59Hours: 37.00Benefits: Membership of Civil Service pension schemeJob Type: PermanentBased at the National Museum of Scotland this permanent, full-time post will support the work of the World Cultures Department. Working within the Department’s Oceania, Americas and Africa Section, the post-holder’s duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and...