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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Government £1.57bn package of emergency grants and loans for the cultural sector

Distribution will be in partnership with ACE, NLHF, Historic England and other specialist bodies.

7th Jul 2020 »read more
Guidance for museums for safe reopening from NMDC

Plus signposting to other checklists from ICOM and AIM.

7th Jul 2020 »read more
Exeter City Council wins landmark victory on rateable value of RAMM museum buildings

The final ruling will set a precedent across the museum sector.

6th Jul 2020 »read more
National Museum Directors' statement on Prime Minister's Announcement on 23 June

The Directors of Tate, Science Museum Group, Natural History Museum, National Gallery, British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum responded to the Prime Minister's announcement on 23rd June.

23rd Jun 2020 »read more
A snapshot of European museum reopening: from Austria to Poland

From plexiglass and sanitiser to vibrating lanyards - how museums across Europe are approaching socially distanced reopening.

4th Jun 2020 »read more
Museums will recover – but it will be a slow process

NMDC Chair and Science Museum Group Director Sir Ian Blatchford talks to the Telegraph about plans for reopening.

4th Jun 2020 »read more
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