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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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
DCMS Committee recommends UK Garden Cities programme

Report argues for a strong cultural component and highlights the link between garden design and the arts.

9th Aug 2019 »read more
Lancashire commits £1m to mill museums ahead of possible National Trust takeover

County Council offers support for up to two years.

9th Aug 2019 »read more
Turner's 'Walton Bridges' is accessioned by Norwich Castle Museum

First JMW Turner painting to enter a collection in the East of England.

9th Aug 2019 »read more
NLHF launches £100m Heritage Horizon Awards

First awards for projects over £5m available since 2017.

4th Jul 2019 »read more
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