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Our first ever e-newsletter

This is the first trial run of our new E-Newsletters, direct from BAFM Council to BAFM members. As you see, it is in a simple format, because we want you to tell us what we need to do to make it interesting and useful to you in the future. We are sending it to all our existing BAFM contacts, but please spread the word and let people know that they can subscribe to future editions by visiting and completing a very simple sign-up form. Please help us to make this newsletter a success!

The E-Newsletter is not a substitute for the Journal, but is for those announcements, news items, and reminders that fall between the Journal’s publication dates. A recent questionnaire, which many groups kindly completed, indicated how few members actually get to read the BAFM Journal. We feel passionately that we must improve our communications and ask for your help.

BAFM needs you

Please will you help?

Our Journal Editor’s workload has become un-manageable! She joined us as Editor but that has grown to include News Editor, Layout and Artwork, and Newsletter Competition Organiser. Obviously this cannot continue, we urgently need someone to assist her by collecting news and sifting through incoming Newsletters to find those superb features which will make our Journal more interesting. This is fascinating work (I know, I have done it) you will find something interesting in almost every Newsletter and will enjoy following the exploits and successes of Friends across the country. It is perfect for someone keen to help BAFM but may be unable to get about easily. If you enjoy reading and can use E-mail, then this is ideal for you. Please contact me as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please help Tamasin by sending her only your best, favourite or important news, rather than the whole Newsletter. Your Area Co-ordinator will also be pleased to help pick out suitable features if you send him or her your News.

Other opportunities

We desperately need a Treasurer to work with our Administrator. Jayne does all the day-to-day book keeping and we have an excellent Auditor but we need a Treasurer to oversee the budget and accounts. Also required is a Secretary ~ this is not a daunting task, because we have an efficient Administrator, but our constitution requires that we have a formal Secretary to ensure that the correct paperwork is in place.

Finally, we are seeking regional representatives in the North East of England and another in the South West. In both these areas we have superb Friends groups who are doing a fantastic job in supporting their museums and galleries, but they are not represented in Council, news is not getting back to the regions, nor is their news getting to the Journal Editor. From experience I feel sure that this is the best and most satisfying job in BAFM, and I know that you will enjoy every minute. Please join in by being your County’s representative.

If you are interested in any of these positions please phone me on 01706 632223. Let’s talk about it!

National Conference 2015

October 16th ~ 18th (or just the 17th if time is scarce)

I can hear the sharp intake of breath from the organiser when I say “never mind the closing date for bookings - we will fit you in!”

There are still some places available for this wonderful programme of speakers and meetings. It is your last chance this year to meet old and new Friends from right across Britain. Bringing Friends together to exchange news, ideas and even problems is one of BAFM’s prime functions. There have been problems solved through chance conversation, new long lasting friendships created and exchange visits planned at these cordial gatherings. During the afternoon session we have great pleasure in presenting the Annual Newsletter Competition Awards and the prestigious Robert Logan Award.

If you don’t have a booking form contact Jean Knight on 02086 691546 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or me on 01706 632223 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

David Mawson OBE

Memorial Award launched by Friends of Norwich Museum

The Friends of Norwich Museum have launched the David Mawson Memorial Award Scroll at the Norwich Castle Museum. The award aims to encourage members of the public to submit items of historic and artistic importance. The donor of the winning artefact will see it displayed prominently and will be presented with the Scroll. Francesca Makins, Chairman of the Friends of Norwich Museum, accompanied by Mrs Mawson said “We are delighted to announce the award, as it will not only ensure that David’s legacy continues but that it will recognise his dedication to the Museums. I hope the launch of this award will lead to some really interesting and exciting items being nominated, items that will not normally be seen by the public”.
David was trained as an architect and worked on projects ranging from the University of East Anglia, the High Courts of Justice in Hong Kong to the London Hyde Park estates of the Church Commissioners. In 1977 he was appointed architect to Norwich Cathedral and also worked on St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

David Mawson was Chairman and later Vice President of The Friends of Norwich Museum, being involved for over 40 years. He was the founding Chairman of the British Association of Friends of Museums and founded the World Federation of Friends of Museums.

The Future

Planning ahead for our next Chairman

The post of Chairman is normally for three years only, although it may be extended to a second term. During this short period there is much that we wish to achieve, which means that it is vital that we find a member prepared to come forward as Vice-Chairman and work with me. This will enable him or her to slip into the role of Chairman simply and easily when the time comes. It is a role that would suit a Regional Co-ordinator or Officer of an active, progressive Friends Group. It is not located in a particular area but the ability to occasionally travel to London and communicate by E-mail could be considered essential. If this is a role which might be of interest to you, please e-mail or call me on 01706 632223. I will treat your interest in confidence and not disclose your name until you are certain that it is a post you would be comfortable with, and you are happy to accept what the role entails.

This E-Newsletter is a first trial run and its future development depends on your feedback, your comments and your help in encouraging individual members to subscribe to it - they can do this very easily by visiting We appreciate your support in making this new venture a success.

   Bernard Rostron 

   Chairman of the British Association of Friends of Museums.

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