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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British Council India launch research and information about UK-India museum partnerships

British Council India has launched Museums and Galleries: UK - India Opportunities and Partnerships - a comprehensive review of the museum sectors in UK and India, as well as case studies about partnerships between UK and Indian museums. NMDC was commissioned by British Council India to produce the UK element of the document.

5th Nov 2014 »read more
Parliamentary culture, media and sport committee reports on the Arts Council

Report on the Arts Council commends its work but asks for a greater proportion of support to go to the regions.

5th Nov 2014 »read more
HLF announces £5m for Collecting Cultures

23 museums benefit from new grants to research and extend collections on a theme.

5th Nov 2014 »read more
Museum directors criticise MA President for comments on ACE museum funding

20 museum directors have written to the Museums Journal to take issue with comments made by MA President David Anderson about Arts Council England's funding for museums, and to urge the MA to build bridges.

24th Oct 2014 »read more
Working Internationally Regional Workshops: booking open

Booking for all five Working Internationally Regional Workshops is now open. The workshops are taking place in Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cambridge and Exeter.

10th Sep 2014 »read more
Arts Council NI on the brink of cuts to already awarded grants

The sector faces up to 5% in year cuts.

5th Sep 2014 »read more
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