The London Museums of Health and Medicine is a network of over twenty museums, archives, Royal Colleges and institutions that engage the public with health and medicine and its heritage across London. Formed in 1991, our aim is to increase public awareness about the work of our members across the capital, promoting their collections, events and public engagement activities, as well as providing a support network for members to promote professional development, best practice and foster collaborative working. Individually we are a diverse group in size and scope, however by working together we have enabled all members to raise their profiles.

The benefits of being a member

LMHM is about broadening the reach of any one organisation, fostering collaboration, and creating a community. Amongst the benefits are:

  • Collaborative marketing through our network’s website (medicalmuseums.org), social media sites and shared leaflet, members can promote their organisation, collections, events and activities.
  • Our active mailing list enables members to share information and expertise, and respond quickly to enquiries from other organisations, researchers or the general public.
  • We hold two annual meetings that foster networking and feature a broad range of speakers.
  • We identify and organise professional training and development opportunities – often bespoke to the specific challenges of managing medical collections or activities.
  • The social side! We’ve created a friendly and open group that has created a sense of community and collaboration amongst members.
  • We carry out joint public engagement activities including an annual Up Close and Personal medical handling event.
  • We organise profile raising events such as conferences and workshops.
  • We’ve fostered opportunities to collaborate with other networks.

Membership

Members of the organisation contribute an annual fee of £50 to the group which pays a proportion of costs towards the maintenance of the website, production of a marketing leaflet, running of two annual meetings and contribution of costs to other planned events.

There are four categories of membership: Full, Provisional, Associate and Honorary.

Full membership is open to institutions within the London region that have collections in the field of health and medicine available to the public which are accredited to recognised museum or archive standards.

Provisional membership is offered to institutions within the London region that have collections in the field of health and medicine, that are not yet accredited but which demonstrate a commitment to actively working towards recognised museum or archive standards.

Associate Membership is an option open to individuals and institutions ineligible for Full or Provisional membership but have a complementary interest in the aims of the group. Annual associate membership fee is £25.

Honorary Membership may be conferred with discretion to individuals deemed to have made outstanding personal contributions to the aims of the London Museums of Health and Medicine.

How to join

If you’d like to join the network, please contact the Chair or Secretary with an expression of interest. We’ll ask you about your organisation and discuss with you what category of membership might be most appropriate. You will then be invited to present information about your organisation at one of our annual meetings, after which a member’s voting in process will be held.

Membership criteria

There are four grades of membership: Full, Provisional, Associate and Honorary.

Full membership is open to institutions within the London region that have collections in the field of health and medicine available to the public and working to recognised museum standards. Member institutions will each have one vote.

Provisional membership will be open to institutions within the London region that have collections in the field of health and medicine, and are not yet considered by the Full Members to be operating in accordance with recognised museum standards but which have a commitment to work towards such recognised museum standards as soon as possible. Provisional membership will be reviewed on a regular basis by an executive committee comprising the elected officers in consultation with the Full Members with a view to conversion from Provisional to Full Member status at the earliest opportunity. Provisional Members are entitled to attend general and ordinary meetings and to participate fully in group discussions and in social and continuing professional development activities. They can expect the support of Full Members towards achieving the standards, which will allow them to become Full Members. Provisional Members will not have voting rights.

Associate Membership will be open to individuals and institutions ineligible for Full membership but with a general supportive interest in the aims of the group. Associate members will not have voting rights.

Honorary Membership may be conferred at the discretion of the Full Membership to individuals deemed to have made outstanding personal contributions to the aims of the London Museums of Health and Medicine. Such election requires the assent of not less than two thirds of the Full Members and will be tenable for periods of three years but may be renewable.

Applications to join should be submitted to the Secretary at least 28 days in advance of the next meeting.

Committee and organisation

The network is governed by a constitution and operated by a committee elected by group members, serving a three year term. You can contact the serving committee: