Organisations & Resources

This page highlights various organisations which offer advice, help and training either in the techniques of ‘collections care’ or in the understanding of ‘religious’ objects and their background. Don’t forget, too, that local museums and universities may be very happy to help.

Museum development

There is a pattern of regional Museum Development programmes across the UK; though mainly aimed at Accredited Museums, their Museum Development Officers can help all sorts of collections with all sorts of issues.

Museum Development

Museums Association

Association of Independent Museums

Archives & libraries

Religious Archives Group

Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries

Religions: Libraries and Dialogue (RELINDIAL)

Conservation and documentation

Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Collections Trust

‘Subject Specialist Networks’

‘Subject Specialist Networks’ comprise a variety of groups, mainly but not only museum-based, covering most museum subjects, many of which are relevant to religious collections, including art, archaeology, anthropology, Human Remains, Egyptology, Islamic Art, social history, Chinese Collections, etc.

SSN Consortium Subject Specialist Networks



GEM (Group for Education in Museums)



LGBTQ Archive Project (Google Sheets)

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network. Also their collection catalogue page

Graduate Theological Union LGBTQ Collections

Centre for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion

St Andrews LGBT History Month 2019 reading list

The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History LGBT Methodists


V&A Out in the Museum Trail

Pitt Rivers Trail: Out in Oxford

British Museum: Desire, Love and Identity LGBTQ histories trail

University of Exeter: Queering the Collections

The Museum of Croydon Queer+ Croydon

Faith-based: Christian


Cathedral Archives, Libraries and Collections Association

Catholic Archives Society


Church Monuments Society

Church Recording Society

Material and Cultural Heritages of Religion in Ireland: Research Network

Methodist Heritage

The Methodist Modern Art Collection

National Churches Trust

The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (OCMCH)

Quakers in Britain: Records Custodians & Librarians

Faith-based: Sikh

Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum

Sikh Heritage

Faith-based: Buddhist

Treasure Caretaker Training: Digital Monastery Project

Faith-based: Muslim

Everyday Muslim (Khizra Foundation)

Faith-based: Judaism

Jewish Heritage Europe

European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ)

Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe


Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM) 

Faith-based: Freemasonry

Association of Masonic Museums Libraries Archives of Europe

Religion in the ancient world

Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion (Open University)

Religious buildings

HERILIGION: The Heritagization of Religion and Sacralization of Heritage in Contemporary Europe

Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

Future for Religious Heritage: the European Network for Historic Places of Worship


British Association for the Study of Religion

BASR is a member association of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR).

Material Religion Journal

UK Network for the Anthropology of Christianity (UKNAC)

Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network

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