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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NMDC publishes new guide ‘Principles for Lending and Borrowing’

As museums emerge from lockdown with reduced resources, NMDC believes it is even more important that lending is encouraged.

6th Jul 2021 »read more
NMS will use £1m grant for research into the ‘significant shadow’ of the Cold War

Three year project will culminate in a major exhibition on Scotland and the Cold War.

6th Jul 2021 »read more
Welsh Government five year programme includes new museums

Football Museum and Museum of North Wales included in the plan for 2021 - 26.

6th Jul 2021 »read more
Unlocking our Sound Heritage: resources and events to prevent obsolescence

Support from the UK-wide project for non-specialists with a small number of sound holdings in collections.

6th Jul 2021 »read more
Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) launched

ACE has opened its fund for non-national Accredited museums in England.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
Townscapes report argues museums and libraries are a vital part of reviving ‘left behind’ places

Museums and libraries have a place among larger infrastructure projects in helping towns to flourish.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
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