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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ICOM Conference

Working Internationally: Can museums and galleries save UK diplomacy?: Soft power in turbulent times.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference on Thursday 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery.

The 2020 Working Internationally Conference will examine the variety of ways in which museums and galleries create and influence soft power. 

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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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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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2020 Working Internationally Conference: Soft Power in Turbulent Times

This ICOM and NMDC conference looks at the intersect between international museum partnerships and soft power.

8th Jan 2020 »read more
Marsupials to meteorites: NHM names 412 new species in the past year

Museum describes how NHM work will contribute to supporting a more biodiverse future.

8th Jan 2020 »read more
NLS plans to welcome families as part of five-year redevelopment

The National Library of Scotland plans five times more public space and digitisation for formats like VHS before material decays.

8th Jan 2020 »read more
Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund to run for three more years with £810k new funding

The Art Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation have announced that they will extend their partnership to support museum loans for another three years, with the Foundation contributing a further £810k to the work.

3rd Dec 2019 »read more
From gallstones to MRI scanners: Science Museum opens its new Medicine galleries

The Science Museum has opened ‘Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries’, after a £24m project to display 3,000 medical objects and artworks across five gallery spaces.

3rd Dec 2019 »read more
Art Fund and MA issue advocacy points ahead of the General Election

Art Fund and Museums Association have each published a concise list of requests for the next Government to better support the museum sector.

3rd Dec 2019 »read more
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