Select Committee Inquiry into the impacts of Brexit 3/11/2016

NMDC submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry into the impacts of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. NMDC's response focuses on three areas of the Inquiry relevant to museums:

  • Employment: highlighting concerns over the sustainability and effective operation of many UK museums given the large number of EU citizens employed in both expert specialist and front of house roles, as well as the sector's ability to attract and retain international talent.
  • Copyright: outlining three main challenges for copyright management in museums post-Brexit – sharing records of orphan works, securing the copyright exceptions proposed within the Digital Single Market Directive, and maintaining the trend of altering copyright legislation to benefit the care of collections and public access to them.
  • Funding: noting that UK museums have benefitted from access to a range of EU funding streams, including Regional Development Fund, Creative Europe and Horizon 2020, and that the loss of access to these funds will have a significant negative impact on future museum projects and activity.

NMDC response, CMS Select Committee