Museum Freelance Conference March 2019 44182.JPG

Thank you for visiting the Museum Freelance website

From 2015 to 2021 we supported and championed freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries in the UK.

Museum Freelance was run by freelancers, for freelancers.

We provided a platform and opportunities for freelancers to collaborate, learn and flourish.  

We facilitated online and in-person networking and sharing within a community of over 2,000 freelancers; ran training courses and a conference; and undertook lobbying and advocacy on behalf of freelancers.

Museum Freelance was run by freelance consultants Marge Ainsley and Christina Lister.

Recently published articles

Learning languages outside of the classroom: a museum visit

October 27, 2023

Many schools in the UK continue to operate excellent language study tours and exchange programs. However, they are becoming uncommon due to safeguarding concerns and other obligations on teachers, limiting options for working with languages outside the classroom.

What Relationship Exists Between Spanish Language and Culture? Spanish tutors online respond

September 01, 2022

A fuller understanding of the various aspects of Spanish culture and how Spanish people connect with their nationality will come through developing your language competence. Due to this, any course or lessons with Spanish tutors online you attend will provide you with knowledge of Spanish culture. It's nearly impossible to keep the language and the culture apart.

How to Begin Teaching English Online Freelance

February 10, 2023

The thought of starting your own company and being your own boss is thrilling, but it can also be intimidating, especially if you've never done it before. Thankfully, it's much simpler than you would think to start a freelance English teaching business online.


What our community said…

I feel much stronger for being part of the Museum Freelance network. It’s helped me transition into a totally different way of working - being self-employed - keeps me up to date with conversations, policy and practice and allows me to meet people from a breadth of disciplines. The quality and range of networking experiences is pitched perfectly.
— Maura McKee, Arts educator and project manager, Interference-art
As someone new to freelancing, the Museum Freelance network has been a real find in my first year. They have organised friendly, free meetups with other freelancers in the sector, they share tenders and freelance opportunities and work on our behalf in the cultural sector to push for fairer pay and tenders. As a result of the Network I have found more work and made lasting connections to other freelancers. I very much appreciate all the work they do for us.
— Adam Pearson, Director and research consultant, Pearson Insight
Thank you for everything that you do for the #MuseumFreelance community. It’s a hugely important place to come together, to collaborate, to share (laughs and tears). It’s much appreciated.
— Steve Slack, Heritage consultant
I’m extremely grateful to @MuseumFreelance for their support. Freelance work is tough and isolating - having a network to share resources and advice is incredibly valuable and I know @ChristinaLister and @MargeAinsley generously give their time and experience.
— Miranda Ellis, Fundraising, training, evaluation and project management consultant