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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Digital Highlights 2019

A selection of the digital projects NMDC member museums are working on during 2019.

4th Apr 2019 »read more
Art Fund announces recipients in first year of the Headley Fellowships scheme

Seven curators receive funding of £200k so they can pursue research projects.

4th Apr 2019 »read more
‘Everywhere Dippy has gone, visitor numbers have gone through the roof’

ALVA visitor figures for 2018 shed light on what was popular across the UK - including dinosaurs, terracotta warriors and all things Scotland.

4th Apr 2019 »read more
Exhibition and event highlights 2019

We are creating a list of member highlight events for 2019 and adding to it throughout this month.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
Manchester Museum in unique collaboration to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Manchester Museum has co-curated a unique exhibition with the Partition Museum, Amritsar.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
Ceramics to Coptic socks: National Museum of Scotland completes £80m gallery transformation

Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries open.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
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