National Museum Directors' Council

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The National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC) represents the leaders of the UK's national collections and major regional museums.

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Encouraging investment

Making the case to Government and major funders for continued investment in museums, including museums' contribution to tourism and the economy and the success of free admission.

Promoting philanthropy

NMDC is working with Government and Third Sector organisations on ways to increase charitable giving to museums.

Supporting learning

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

NMDC newsletter

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

Policy and Projects

Current priorities include Intellectual property, environmental sustainability, society and well-being, and cultural property.

Sharing skills and collections

Collaborating with museums across the UK and around the world through national-regional museum partnerships, sharing skills and knowledge, international programmes and the digital museum.


The NMDC jobs website has advertised over 2,350 vacancies across the UK's national museums, galleries, libraries and archives since the jobs page was launched four years ago. 


Latest News

'50p for culture campaign launched'

Local authorities urged to spend 50p per person per week on culture.

10th Apr 2014 Read more

'Why we give' - UK giving culture dissected

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has produced a new report, Why We Give, which explores responses to the question of what inspires 700 larger donors to give – people who give thousands each year to good causes.

1st Apr 2014 Read more

Cultural announcements in the Budget

Cultural Gifts Scheme, cathedrals, theatres and Magna Carta celebrations benefit from the 2014 Budget.

1st Apr 2014 Read more

Exhibition highlights from NMDC members 2014

We have brought together a selection of the major exhibitions from our member museums for 2014 - covering everything from mammoths to Vikings, and suffragettes to WW1 commemorations.

25th Mar 2014 Read more

European #MuseumWeek launches on Twitter

Museums across the UK are participating in a Europe wide social media promotion of museums and their work 24th - 30th March 2014

22nd Mar 2014 Read more

Good programming and new innovations see rise in museum visitor figures

The Beamish Museum, National Railway Museum and National Museum of Scotland all have a remarkable year - while the British Museum continues to lead the field.

6th Mar 2014 Read more
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