About the SHCG

The Social History Curators Group was formed to improve the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.

In 2014, the group became a charitable incorporated organisation with the following charitable object:

To advance the education of the public in heritage, science and the arts advancing standards of social history curatorship by encouraging better care, management, research and development of collections and delivery of improved use, access and interpretation of museum and related collections through public-facing outputs such as events, exhibitions, participative projects for the benefit of the public.

What Does SHCG Do?

Organises an annual conference at which a current theme is considered in depth through papers, case studies, visits and workshops.

Publishes an annual journal, Social History in Museums, with papers on current research and new projects. It also includes reviews of new exhibitions and new writing in social history.

Produces SHCG News, a regular newsletter which includes short articles, reviews and training opportunities.

Provides affordable one or half day training seminars.

Campaigns on current issues which concern members at regional and national level.

Shares the best and most useful resources for people interested in social history through our online database firstBASE.

How Does SHCG Function?

SHCG is a registered charitable incorporated organisation with an elected committee of 12 trustees and a written constitution. Any member of SHCG is eligible to stand as a trustee and elections take place at our AGM, held as part of the annual conference. All trustees work on a voluntary basis and usually undertake a particular role.

Registered Charity No. 1157994

Scottish Charity Register No. SC045254


SHCG has a written constitution which establishes how SHCG is run and funded, our main objectives and the make up of the committee of trustees.

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A copy of our registration certificate confirming us as a charitable incorporated organisation can be viewed here:

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And a copy of our award letter from the Scottish Charity Regulator can be viewed here:

Download Scotland_Award_Letter.pdf...