Professional networks

When researching artworks, it is sometimes helpful to consult subject specialists. These networks are a good starting place to ask the opinions of experts in their respective fields.

British Art Network

The British Art Network is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise in this field. Its aim is to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across visual arts organisations in the UK.

Understanding British Portraits

Understanding British Portraits is an active network with free membership for professionals working with British portraits including curators, museum learning professionals, researchers, academics and conservators. It aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of portraits in all media in British collections, for the benefit of future research, exhibitions, interpretation, display and learning programmes.

European Paintings pre-1900

The Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900 is a stimulating and proactive network to support professionals working with Old Master paintings in museums and art galleries around the UK. It provides the opportunity to exchange knowledge, experiences and new ideas, including ways of improving public engagement through display and interpretation.

Maritime Curators Group

The Maritime Curators Group is a Subject Specialist Network of individuals working with maritime collections, which meets twice annually with the aim of fostering a community of interest amongst maritime curators and museums throughout the United Kingdom.

The Costume Society

The Costume Society promotes the study of all aspects of clothing and textiles, and aims to encourage access to costume history, including contemporary dress. Its appeal is wide-ranging and object-based. Members include academics, collectors, curators, designers, re-enactors, students and informed enthusiasts across the world.