These networks help to develop the knowledge and expertise associated with specialist collections. They act as a democratic forum for the sharing of expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice. Every network is expected to maintain an accessible platform for exchange.
Many other types of networks and groups exist – these tend to focus on generic topics such as learning and education, or broad museum activities like registrars, conservation or security. These are outside of the Subject Specialist Network remit, but often enjoy mutually supportive relationships with these networks.
Subject Specialist Networks are currently funded through the Museum Resilience Fund.