Participants in the Knowledge Exchange programme

Knowledge Exchange

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For more information, contact Georgia Mallin, Knowledge Share Programme Manager.

Knowledge Exchange is a national programme developed by the British Museum.

The programme has been generously supported by the Vivmar Foundation since 2010.

It enables the British Museum to partner with a diverse range of museums, galleries and heritage organisations across the UK, supporting staff to share knowledge, skills and best practice and promoting their individual professional development.


The Knowledge Exchange programme has an ethos of collaboration, openness and flexibility. Designed to support the museum sector to respond to current challenges, the programme creates professional exchanges for museum staff of any specialism and at any level.

Each year colleagues from the British Museum and five partner organisations undertake a bespoke, fully-funded five-day exchange. The aims of the placements are to:

  • Develop individual and organisational knowledge and/or skills
  • Help build relationships between organisations
  • Provide insight into and gain exposure to specific areas of museum working
  • Shape sustainable methods for sharing knowledge and skills across the sector.

Knowledge Exchange 2020 – partners

Knowledge Exchange 2020 - partners confirmed

The British Museum is delighted to be working with five new partner organisations for the Knowledge Exchange programme 2020:

Each partner organisation will host a member of British Museum staff for a professional skills-sharing placement, while the British Museum will host a member of staff from each partner in return. Staff across each organisation have the chance to apply, and each exchange placement is uniquely tailored to the individual taking part.

The long-term impact of Knowledge Exchange: evaluation report

In 2018 the British Museum National Programmes team commissioned external evaluators Alchemy Consulting to research the long-term impacts of the Knowledge Exchange programme.

We wanted to capture the harder-to-measure benefit and outcomes for our participants, which may be felt many months or years after the actual exchange takes place. The research looked at the impact for participants as individuals and cultural heritage professionals, for their work and careers, and the organisations they've been working for.

The resulting evaluation report and case studies used a theory of change framework to assess and articulate the outcomes and values of the Knowledge Exchange.

We hope that these documents will prove a useful resource to the museum sector, and encourage more organisations to set up skills-sharing and knowledge-exchanging initiatives of their own.

If you'd like further information about the programme, please contact Georgia Mallin, Knowledge Share Programme Manager. Email:

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