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

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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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The Future of Civic Museums

A bold new report from the English Civic Museums Network, The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece examines the particular importance of civic museums in the 21st Century.

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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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Highlights 2019

Highlights of the events and exhibitions of NMDC member museums and galleries for 2019, from exhibitions on the Cold War and the 80s to a history of the Jolly Roger.

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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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NLHF launches £100m Heritage Horizon Awards

First awards for projects over £5m available since 2017.

4th Jul 2019 »read more
‘Culture Is Digital’ progress

Work towards a more digitally enhanced cultural sector includes a new National Gallery Innovation Lab considering robotics and neurobiology.

4th Jul 2019 »read more
Making the most of your museums: a handbook for councillors

ACE and LGA have produced a handbook of advice and case studies for councillors on supporting local authority museums.

4th Jul 2019 »read more
St Fagans becomes the first Welsh winner of Museum of the Year

Art Fund praises a 'monument to modern museum democracy'

4th Jul 2019 »read more
BCLM begins its 1940s – 60s town

The site will take BCLM's story to 1968 and explore themes including the rise of the teenager and the birth of the NHS.

5th Jun 2019 »read more
Bournemouth University survey of the UK museum workforce

Study aims to build on Character Matters report and develop an organisational culture supportive of the museum workforce.

5th Jun 2019 »read more
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