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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Latest news:

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VisitBritain reports record tourist numbers

Record tourist spend as visitors head for the regions in 2014

5th Feb 2015 »read more
Travel grants for 2015 Working Internationally Conference: deadline extended

Five travel grants worth £200 each, courtesy of the Working Internationally Regional Project, are available for those who want to attend the 2015 Working Internationally Conference in York on 5th March. Applications need to be submitted by 16th February.

21st Jan 2015 »read more
UK museums and international tourists

The British Council is holding a workshop, on 12th March at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, for UK museums which explores how to attract international tourists.

21st Jan 2015 »read more
Arts fundraising and philanthropy programme begins

Museums invited to participate in three year leadership and fundraising programme.

9th Jan 2015 »read more
Money from bankers fines to fund IWM Duxford

LIBOR fines used to rescue education programme at IWM Duxford.

9th Jan 2015 »read more
Arts Council places greater emphasis on diversity

Major partner museums will be monitored on diversity measures from this year.

9th Jan 2015 »read more
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