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MEG's Ambitions

Rather than a "Mission Statement", members of the MEG Committee have agreed on a threefold set of ambitions.

We hope our members will help us to achieve these over the coming years:

Membership of the Museum Ethnographers Group should be an attractive proposition, and all members should feel valued and involved in the life of the group

  • All professionals working with ethnographic collections in museums should become and remain members of MEG
  • All students considering a career in museum ethnography should consider becoming members of MEG
  • All those working in related fields in universities should consider joining MEG
  • All members coming towards the end of their careers in museum ethnography should continue to be members
  • All UK museums with ethnographic collections should be institutional members of MEG

The Journal of Museum Ethnography should be recognised as the essential publication in the field

  • The Journal of Museum Ethnography should increase its circulation, increasing the income it generates for MEG
  • All major international ethnographic museums should subscribe to the Journal of Museum Ethnography
  • All English language universities teaching related subjects should subscribe to the Journal of Museum Ethnography


MEG should be recognised across the UK museums sector as the central body to consult on issues concerning ethnographic collections

  • The Website should reflect the active involvement of MEG in current issues and events
  • The Newsletter should function to involve members in news and events as they unfold
  • The MEG conference should continue to attract presentations from established professionals as well as those beginning their careers, and should retain the friendly feel that participants value
  • MEG should be able to present a strong and professional image to other bodies in the sector, such as the Museums Association, Arts Council England, the DCMS, and the Royal Anthropological Institute

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