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

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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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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NMDC Coronavirus Updates

Please see the link below for updates from NMDC and our member institutions.

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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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Museums in England begin second lockdown for at least four weeks

English museums return to lockdown, with new provision announced to extend furlough to March.

6th Nov 2020 »read more
Museums Change Lives winners announced

From home delivered arts activities, to setting up a museum in a shopping centre in under two months.

6th Nov 2020 »read more
Five Museum of the Year winners include Towner Eastbourne and Science Museum

From a village museum in a nuclear bunker to significant redevelopment in Aberdeen.

6th Nov 2020 »read more
TWAM creates museums, health and social care resource for work with older people

Resource for health workers suggests approaches that address pain management, speech, cognitive stimulation, mental health, and social interaction.

6th Nov 2020 »read more
DCMS publishes end of transition period checklist for cultural organisations

Brexit guidance from 1st January 2021 of particular relevance to the sector.

6th Nov 2020 »read more
Conference: Museums and Galleries responding to the climate and ecological crisis

NMDC is hosting a virtual conference, discussing how museum professionals can learn from each other’s efforts to tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

7th Oct 2020 »read more
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