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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Climate Conference

'Museums and galleries responding to the climate and ecological crisis' will be postponed due to COVID-19. We'll update with a revised date in due course. 

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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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Our monthly newsletter includes updates on NMDC activities and policy news from around the UK museum sector and beyond.

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Conference: Museums and galleries responding to the climate and ecological crisis

The conference will cover: reducing energy consumption, sustainable exhibition practice, activating the public, sustainable approaches to international working and encouraging biodiversity at museum and gallery sites.

6th Mar 2020 »read more
Future Collect: first acquisition to broaden UK art collections will be for Manchester Art Gallery

A commission from Jade Monserrat will be displayed with a related programme of workshops at the museum.

6th Mar 2020 »read more
Scottish Government publishes its Culture Strategy

The Strategy comes with £1.25m for new programmes including arts programme for libraries and nurseries and support for work to diversify museum staff.

6th Mar 2020 »read more
We Make Tomorrow: recording now available

A recording of the We Make Tomorrow conference, which considered leadership in the cultural sector in the light of climate change, is now available.

6th Mar 2020 »read more
‘A planetary emergency’: NHM places climate at the centre of its strategy to 2031

New exhibition spaces, an 'Urban Nature Project' and public engagement among plans to 'make an impact far beyond our physical limits'.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
Horniman publishes more detail of plan to become carbon neutral by 2040

Museum plans to hire a new Climate and Ecology Action co-ordinator as well as refreshing galleries with the 'Nature and Love' project.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
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