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

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Working Internationally Conference 2022

This years conference takes place on 7-8 April online, book tickets now - see here for more details

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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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Climate Conference

Museums and Galleries Responding to the Climate and Ecological Crisis Conference will take place on 7th and 8th March, hosted by NMDC at the Whitworth.

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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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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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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 46 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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Museum of the Year shortlist champions education and co-creation

The shortlist includes the Museum of Making in Derby, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London, People's History Museum, Manchester, Story Museum, Oxford and Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham, Wales.

11th May 2022 »read more
Government distributes £4.6m to support volunteering, including to TWAM consortium

160 community organisations are sharing £4.6m to support 7,800 volunteering opportunities through the Government’s Volunteering Futures Fund.

11th May 2022 »read more
New appointments at NMDC

Andrew Lovett has been appointed to the new post of Deputy Chair and Aoife O Callaghan-White is our new Public Affairs Officer

11th May 2022 »read more
£4m available in new round of DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

370 museums and galleries in England are eligible to apply to the latest round of the fund.

4th Apr 2022 »read more
Open letter: Museums have huge benefits for children beyond passing exams

An open letter outlines the benefits of museum visits for schoolchildren, from wellbeing to development.

4th Apr 2022 »read more
Attraction visitor statistics for 2021: with NHM as the most visited museum

ALVA's statistics show a big variation in recovery by attraction type - with parks, gardens and venues with outside space finding it easiest to bounce back.

4th Apr 2022 »read more
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