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

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UK Museum COP

Representatives of UK museums, sector bodies and funders took part in a ‘UK Museum COP’ event at Tate Modern on 31st October organised by the NMDC. The event secured consensus from museum leaders on collective action to decarbonise the sector and mitigate the impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises. 

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Green Museums: Tackling the Climate Crisis

NMDC has published a report, Green Museums: Tackling the Climate Crisis, which demonstrates how museums are responding to the climate emergency.

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Principles for Lending and Borrowing

As museums reopened following the UK lockdowns, many were and continue to be under pressure from reduced resources. 

To ensure that as many people as possible across the country can access the UK’s collections, NMDC has published the Principles for Lending and Borrowing and the Guide to Borrowing.

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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 47 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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Museum sector bodies’ joint response to party manifestos

NMDC together with AIM, Art Fund and the MA respond to General Election manifestos.

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Survey highlights huge public support for UK museums

A new survey has demonstrated how highly the UK public value their museums.

9th May 2024 »read more
Museums welcome vital extension to Exhibition Tax Relief

The UK’s museums have welcomed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that the Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MGETR) is to be made permanent. Maria Balshaw, Chair of the National Museum Directors’ Council and Director of Tate said: “I want to thank the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt and Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer for responding to the concerns of museums and the visual arts sector by extending this vital tax relief. It supports the making of exhibitions that directly benefit the public across the whole of the UK. At Tate it helps us create exhibitions that serve our local communities as well as attract visitors from all over the world. It underpins the economic and social benefit museums and galleries make to the UK economy and helps protect our world-leading creative sector.”

6th Mar 2024 »read more
UK Museum COP

UK museums, sector bodies and funders took part in the first UK Museum COP at Tate Modern on 31st October 2023 to secure consensus on collective action to decarbonise the sector and mitigate the impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises.

6th Nov 2023 »read more
Update on business rates

More good news on business rates – but museums urged to lodge 2017 appeals before 31st March deadline

22nd Feb 2023 »read more
NMDC response to Arts Council's NPO 2023-26 funding announcements

NMDC statement in response to the announcements of Arts Council's NPO funding for 2023-26.

8th Nov 2022 »read more
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