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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Our monthly newsletter includes updates on NMDC activities and policy news from around the UK museum sector and beyond.

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Cultural Recovery Funds

A summary of how to apply for Cultural Recovery Funds across the UK.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
50 cultural projects for people shielding at home

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has reported on some of the best projects from across arts and museums - from activity through phone calls, to Scratch nights.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
Museum of the Year Award will go to five winners this year

The Art Fund has increased the shared prize by 40%.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
National museums reopen across the UK

Many more museums are planning to reopen during August, including most nationals.

6th Aug 2020 »read more
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
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