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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Visit Britain statistics show 6% rise in English museum visits

2018 figures show that the North West performed particularly strongly, driven by World Museum Liverpool and IWM North.

10th Sep 2019 »read more
Derby Museums among those sharing £7.1m from ACE for Leadership development

The Trust will work with two US partners on an innovative cross-sectoral programme.

10th Sep 2019 »read more
Spending Round 2019: an overview

Government announces above-inflation settlements in 2019 Spending Round

10th Sep 2019 »read more
NMDC Response to the 2019 Spending Review

NMDC welcomes inflationary rise after a decade of cuts.

10th Sep 2019 »read more
Museum Partnership report offers a first in-depth analysis of the work of national museums

DCMS report gives a wide-ranging view of national and international work during 2017 - 18.

9th Aug 2019 »read more
Lifejackets, punk and prisons: new toolkit explores contemporary collecting

Museums Development North West offers an introduction for beginners.

9th Aug 2019 »read more
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