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

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Green Museums: Tackling the Climate Crisis

NMDC has published a new report Green Museums: Tackling the Climate Crisis which demonstrates how museums are responding to the climate emergency

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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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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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NHM’s tracker reveals that the UK's low biodiversity

Museum's International Biodiversity Trends Explorer will be used to shape discussion at COP15 Convention on Biological Diveristy.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
£150k award for Civic Arts Organisations opens for a second year

Significant prize for cultural organisations working with communities seeks applications.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
More opportunities for museums in revised National Lottery Project Grants

A wider group of museums can now apply, including non-accredited museums, plus more early career opportunities.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
What are museums for?

Fitzwilliam Museum looks at 21st century museums in a new podcast series.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
Major £950k Curating for Change project offers work placements for d/Deaf and disabled people

Fellowships and shorter Traineeships are available in 20 museums across England.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
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
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