Encouraging investment

Making the case to Government and major funders for continued investment in museums, highlighting museums' key contribution to tourism and the economy as well as to health and well-being, education, society and local communities.

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Promoting partnerships

Supporting and promoting museums working in partnership across the UK to deliver a huge range of projects including exhibitions, training, conservation, research, learning and community engagement.

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Working internationally

NMDC supports and promotes museums' international work, including as co-organisers of the annual Working Internationally Conference.

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Supporting learning

NMDC welcomed the publication of the Henley Review of Cultural Education and the Government's announcement of £3m for museum education.

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Promoting philanthropy

NMDC is working with Government and third sector organisations on ways to increase charitable giving to museums.

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Policy and projects

Working to drive the development of museum policy and promote best practice.  Current priorities include copyright and intellectual property, national and international partnership working and spoliation.

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NMDC newsletter

Our monthly newsletter includes updates on NMDC activities and policy news from around the UK museum sector and beyond.

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See the NMDC jobs board for all the latest vacancies at NMDC's 39 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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NMDC produces guidance on EU PSI Directive

NMDC has produced guidance for museums about the EU Public Sector Information Directive, which "public museums" will have to be compliant with by summer 2015. NMDC has also produced a Decision Tree to help museums decided whether or not the Directive applies to them.

8th May 2015 »read more
New round of Working Internationally workshops open soon

Stage 2 of the Working Internationally Regional Project to build on the success of the pilot year.

6th May 2015 »read more
NMDC welcomes five new members

Museum consortiums covering areas around Derby, Nottingham, Hull and North Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Cornwall and Coventry have joined NMDC.

6th May 2015 »read more
NMDC joins sector bodies in statement against unethical sale of collections

NMDC has joined a UK-wide group of museum funding, membership and development bodies in releasing a joint statement today saying that they will not seek to work with museums whose governing bodies choose to sell objects from their collections in a manner that contravenes the long-established Accreditation Standard and Museum Association Code of Ethics.

27th Mar 2015 »read more
Prime Time at the museum

BBC4 has announced a new museum-based quiz show fronted by Griff Rhys Jones. Each episode will be based at a different museum, with confirmed locations including the Ashmolean, Foundling, World Museum, Wallace Collection, Fitzwilliam, Museum of London, National Museum Cardiff and National Maritime Museum.

4th Mar 2015 »read more
Record museum visitors and fundraising for DCMS museums

DCMS has announced that 49 million visits were made to the 16 museums and galleries directly sponsored by the department last year. This is a 4% increase on the 47 million visitors during 2012/13 and the highest figure since records began in 2002.

4th Mar 2015 »read more
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