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

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Good Practice Guidelines for Museum Reopening

NMDC has produced Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums intended to help the museum sector in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Principles for Lending and Borrowing

As museums reopen following the UK lockdowns, many are under pressure from reduced resources. 

To ensure that as many people as possible across the country can access the UK’s collections, NMDC has published the Principles for Lending and Borrowing and the Guide to Borrowing.

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Environment Conference

NMDC held a virtual conference on the climate crisis, convened by CEO of the Horniman, Nick Merriman who is also Chair of NMDC’s environment and ecology subgroup. Please click 'read more' to access recordings of the panels.

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APPG for Museums

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Museums was set up to highlight and promote the interests of museums across the UK. For minutes and details of upcoming meetings, please click below.

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Museums Matter

Museums Matter illustrates how public investment in museums of all sizes and scope enables them to contribute to key public policy priorities across the UK.

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Promoting partnerships

NMDC supports and promotes 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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Encouraging investment

NMDC works to make 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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Working internationally

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

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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 45 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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On the Front Line: Arctic Museums and Climate Change

Coinciding with COP26, museums located in, or representing the Arctic will address climate change and its imminent threat to indigenous communities in the region.

7th Oct 2021 »read more
BBC’s Art That Made Us Festival announced in collaboration with museums and galleries

Coinciding with a new major series on BBC Two of the same name, the festival will spotlight examples of the creativity included in UK collections.

7th Oct 2021 »read more
‘Excellence in Essex’: Firstsite Colchester wins Museum of the Year 2021

Contemporary art gallery which displays historic and modern forms is close to its community - and offers free school meals in its café every school holiday.

5th Oct 2021 »read more
Creative Majority report calls for sector-wide action on equality of access to the cultural sector

The report by the APPG for Creative Diversity is one of three this month discussing what action needs to be taken.

5th Oct 2021 »read more
Launch of major £14.5m projects in the Towards a National Collection research programme

Projects will explore how thousands of disparate collections could be better connected in the future, harnessing new technology,

5th Oct 2021 »read more
NLS leads partnership to preserve fragile record of Covid-19 health information and misinformation

Project will capture the tweets, blogs and new stories that tell the story of the pandemic.

5th Oct 2021 »read more
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