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

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Government launches new £250m Cultural Investment Fund

The sum includes £125m for major infrastructure and maintenance work at museums and libraries in England.

6th Nov 2019 »read more
Annual visitor figures for DCMS sponsored museums show 11% growth outside London

Museums directly funded by DCMS received 49.8m visits, a 5.5% increase on the previous year and the highest figure since records began 15 years ago.

6th Nov 2019 »read more
NPG plans to tour 300 paintings each year through partnerships during its three year closure

The National Portrait Gallery will close in June 2020 for just under three years for its major upgrade work.

6th Nov 2019 »read more
Museum bodies call for action on a ‘quiet crisis’ in funding and building maintenance

NMDC, the Museums Association and Art Fund have written a joint open letter to Government.

8th Oct 2019 »read more
Record year for objects acquired through the AiL and Cultural Gifts schemes

46 objects or collections worth £58.6m acquired for the nation in 2018 - 19.

8th Oct 2019 »read more
Partners announced for new round of Museum Futures scheme for non-graduates

Nine participant museums are now offering taster days for potential applicants.

8th Oct 2019 »read more
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