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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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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NMDC Coronavirus Updates

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

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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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Jobs

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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£1m Cultural Recovery Fund launched, led by V&A Dundee

A generous donation has allowed for a match-funding campaign to preserve cultural institutions across Dundee that have been vital to the city's regeneration.

2nd Sep 2020 »read more
RSA report describes how museums can be ‘anchor institutions’ and agents for social change

RSA/British Council report uses eight case studies to show how museums and heritage sites can be central to social and economic change.

2nd Sep 2020 »read more
Scottish Government launches independent group on museum collections, colonialism and slavery

It will sponsor an independent expert group to explore how Scotland’s existing and future museum collections can better represent the country’s colonial and slavery history.

2nd Sep 2020 »read more
Commercial income unlikely to recover for ‘several years’ in Welsh museums

Evidence to Senedd underlines the challenges faced by museums but points to how they can deliver social benefit across health and education.

2nd Sep 2020 »read more
Cultural Recovery Funds

A summary of how to apply for Cultural Recovery Funds across the UK.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
50 cultural projects for people shielding at home

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has reported on some of the best projects from across arts and museums - from activity through phone calls, to Scratch nights.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
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