Thebanner3.jpg East of Scotland Museums Partnership (ESMP) was established in 2004 and aims to enhance museums services to the public in the east of Scotland and to foster excellence in museum practice.

We are open to all museums, galleries and collections organisations in East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

We have around 40 active partners across a diverse range of organisations, from local authority museums and gallery services to university museums and independent trusts.

Who we are

The ESMP is committed to:

- working in partnership with others to realise the full potential of our collections and people
- sharing expertise and knowledge and promoting best practice
- securing funding through developing joint funding proposals
- highlighting the role of museums and galleries not just regionally, but also nationally and internationally

What we do

Network Events

Our network events are held biannually and include presentations from guest speakers, discussion workshops and opportunities to share best practice. We have covered a variety of themes at our events, such as fundraising strategies, social media marketing, volunteering and international working.

Training and Professional Development

The Action Learning Set (ALS) supports staff in the ESMP region who are working towards the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) or who are new/aspiring museum managers. Training activities have included Continuing Professional Development opportunities, Management Development Programmes, networking and collaborating on touring exhibitions. The ALS has an excellent track record in attracting funding and help in kind, which has included a Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) Skills Development Fund grant to deliver our innovative Museum/Gallery Management Development Programme.

Additional information about ESMP (PDF, 2.6MB)
Our VisitScotland Expo 2016 leaflet (PDF, 3.8MB)

Thinking of joining us?

Here are some good reasons why:

- Opportunity to network, share information and provide support to other partners in an informal and friendly setting
- Benefit from the knowledge of our guest speakers and partners
- Behind the scenes visits are a great way to share best practice, resources and skills
- We provide skills development activities and professional development opportunities

If you are interested in finding out more about the ESMP, please contact

Images (top to bottom):  National Mining Museum, Newtongrange Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, Jedburgh Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther John Muir's birthplace, Dunbar Scott Monument, Edinburgh

ESMP-150-h-72--dpi.jpg ESMP Expo leaflet