Knowledge Exchange

The exchange of knowledge is vital to creating and sustaining an effective museum sector.

The Knowledge Exchange programme, co-ordinated by the British Museum and generously supported by the Vivmar Foundation, enables the British Museum to partner with a diverse range of museums across the UK to share skills and expertise.

Designed to support the museum sector to respond to current challenges, the programme creates professional exchanges for museum staff of any specialism and at any level. Each year staff from the British Museum and five partner museums undertake a bespoke five-day exchange to gain hands-on experience of working in another museum, and share skills and working practices.


My experience during my exchange at the British Museum exceeded my expectations and hopes. I returned to my museum not only with new ideas and insights but also with increased confidence in what we already offer at our museum and a fresh inspiration to adapt and develop our activity

Knowledge Exchange participants

It was a pleasure to be a part of a another museum, if only for a week, as I believe that learning more about the UK museum and heritage sector will allows us a better understanding of the British Museum’s wider role in the UK, and how it interacts with other institutions, big and small.

Knowledge Exchange 2017 – call for partners

The British Museum is currently seeking five new partners for the 2017 Knowledge Exchange. Further information for prospective partners can be found here. Any UK museum or gallery can apply by submitting an expression of interest by Monday 6 March 2017, addressing the following questions:

  • Why would you like your organisation to be part of the 2017 programme?
  • How could staff at your organisation benefit from the skills / knowledge exchange?
  • How could staff at the British Museum benefit from a skills / knowledge exchange with your organisation, and what could they experience?


To submit your expression of interest or to ask any questions about the programme, please contact Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Coordinator.