Welcome to MEG

MEG is a UK-based international collective and subject-specialist network. Our members include museum professionals, academics, researchers, students, artists, activists and enthusiasts who are interested in and care for global cultures collections.
Kaetaeta Watson demonstrating weaving techniques at a Kiribati workshop in Cambridge April 2017. Image courtesy of Josh Murfitt and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

MEG Conference

The MEG Annual Conference serves to platform current and ongoing research on global cultural heritage, and facilitate exchanges between museum professionals, practitioners, makers, knowledge keepers, and university-based researchers.

Usually hosted at a UK museum in the Spring of each year, the conference is an excellent opportunity for networking, as well as discussing difficult topics within a collegiate and supportive environment.

Chantal Knowles presenting a paper at MEG’s 2024 conference. Image courtesy of Aayushi Gupta.


From the outset, MEG has supported and been involved in the development of projects that help advance the field of Museum Ethnography.

Most recently, MEG partnered with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, National Museums Liverpool, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge on a project called ‘Rethinking Relationships’. To be panned out over the next few years, this project will build trust with communities and improve access to collections significant to them.

Image courtesy of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
Journal of Museum Ethnography (JME)
JME is the leading publication for Museum Ethnography in the UK. Contributions cover all facets of contemporary and historical practices related to global cultural collections, such as collecting and collectors, conservation, curation, display and exhibition, documentation, ethics, fieldwork, photography, repatriation, research, and theory.


MEG is a long-standing supporter of repatriation and ethical collaborative practices in the UK. We have issued guidelines relating to the care for human remains and sacred objects in global cultures collections, and created a free, open access resource for anyone interested in museums and repatriation.

In addition to this, we are working towards developing a members-only network that will enable members to confidentially share information on new and ongoing requests and provide guidance and assistance with repatriation processes.

Delegates from the Nisgaa Nation arrive at the National Museum of Scotland. Image courtesy of Duncan McGlynn and National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh.


MEG offers a dynamic and affordable programme of events for both members and non-members, emphasising continuous professional development and discussions on current and significant museum topics.

Our recent events have included a Keeping Connected series focussing on repatriation, early career development workshops, and guided tours of exhibitions at museums with global cultures collections.

Image courtesy of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Join MEG
We welcome new members – whether you are from an indigenous community, work as an educator, practitioner, or artist, or are involved in the research or care of world cultures collections in museums – MEG is the network for you.