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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Jobs

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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DCMS consults on strengthening export deferral rules

The consultation follows some failed attempts at acquisition, despite successful fundraising by cultural bodies.

9th Jan 2019 »read more
£27m of acquisitions for the nation through Cultural Gifts and Acceptance in Lieu

Works range from Pilkington Collection of ceramics and glass to works by Patrick Heron and Lucian Freud and an album of 19th century natural history drawings.

9th Jan 2019 »read more
British Library and Turing Institute will ‘revolutionise historical research’ with £9.2m project

The project will evolve new approaches using AI to understand the Industrial Revolution through a huge data set of British Library newspapers and other sources.

9th Jan 2019 »read more
Fitzwilliam Museum receives £83k from new DCMS Loneliness Fund

The award is from a cross-sectoral funding stream to support stronger communities.

9th Jan 2019 »read more
‘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
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