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

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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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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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The BBC - in partnership with the National Museum Directors' Council, the Museums Association and Art Fund - is calling for for museums across the UK to participate in an event called #MuseumPassion as part of a season highlighting the work of museums.

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NMDC Coronavirus Updates

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

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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 45 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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

NMDC is hosting a virtual conference, discussing how museum professionals can learn from each other’s efforts to tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

7th Oct 2020 »read more
Recent updates to Good Practice Guidelines on Reopening Museums

Recent changes to our Good Practice Guidelines

7th Oct 2020 »read more
All Party Parliamentary Group on Museums is launched

A new All Party Parliamentary Group has been launched to highlight and promote the interests of museums across the UK, with support from NMDC and working closely with the sector

7th Oct 2020 »read more
Museum bodies call for Cultural Recovery Fund to be extended to save civic museums

The English Civic Museums Network, Museums Association and NMDC have issued a joint statement expressing concern about the ‘looming crisis’ that faces civic museums and calling for an extension to the Cultural Recovery Fund beyond the current financial year.

29th Sep 2020 »read more
£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
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