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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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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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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Working internationally

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

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Supporting learning

Working to ensure that museums and galleries remain at the heart of children’s learning and development and continue to innovate to reach out to all young people in their communities.

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Highlights 2018

Highlights of the events and exhibitions of NMDC member museums and galleries for 2018, from spies and jungle survival to carnival and touring dinosaurs.

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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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Terracotta Warriors generate £78m for Liverpool

600,000 visitors saw the exhibition from February to October, with three quarters saying they visited Liverpool specifically to see it.

6th Nov 2018 »read more
ACE seeks new partners to show works from the Arts Council Collection

New touring exhibitions drawn from ACE's 8000 strong collection will run over three years,

6th Nov 2018 »read more
Improving digital skills in museums

New Fellowships at several museums and digital courses to upskill the sector.

6th Nov 2018 »read more
Mendoza Review Action Plan and Partnership Framework

Plans announced for closer work between DCMS, major cultural funders and policy bodies to create greater strategic focus.

10th Oct 2018 »read more
ACE and other museum bodies publish joint statement on collections at risk

Joint statement on museums and collections at risk.

10th Oct 2018 »read more
Report advocates ‘flatter, facilitative and more diverse leadership’

King's College London publishes 'Transforming Leadership in arts, museums and libraries' to feed into the thinking for ACE's next ten-year plan.

10th Oct 2018 »read more
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