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 2018

Highlights of the events and exhibitions of NMDC member museums and galleries for 2018, from spies and jungle survival to carnival and touring dinosaurs.

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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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‘Not So Grim Up North’ TWAM publishes the results of its museums and wellbeing project

Mapping how to do good work in museums with those with dementia, stroke and mental health problems.

7th Dec 2018 »read more
British Council explores the growth of ‘soft power superpowers’

As Western countries invest less in international cultural institutions, Asia and South America are racing to open new centres.

7th Dec 2018 »read more
Analysing the museum audience: from ‘Facebook families’ to ‘Commuterland culturebuffs’

A new Audience Agency report segments museum visitors in revealing ways.

7th Dec 2018 »read more
NMS plans further work to support collections across Scottish museums

Supporting curators and evolving knowledge so that collections can be better used by the public - and for international research networks.

7th Dec 2018 »read more
Terracotta Warriors generate £78m for Liverpool

600,000 visitors saw the exhibition from February to October, with three quarters saying they visited Liverpool specifically to see it.

6th Nov 2018 »read more
ACE seeks new partners to show works from the Arts Council Collection

New touring exhibitions drawn from ACE's 8000 strong collection will run over three years,

6th Nov 2018 »read more
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