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

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The Art of Innovation: BBC and Science Museum join forces

An exhibition and Radio 4 series will explore 250 years of arts and science using museum objects and stories.

8th May 2019 »read more
UK local authorities spend less on culture than ‘almost any country in Europe’

New data from the Budapest Observatory compares countries across Europe and finds former communist countries are investing the most.

8th May 2019 »read more
Film shows Cornwall museums opening up the sector through new recruitment

CMP offers a variety of ways into the sector including paid apprenticeships and internships.

8th May 2019 »read more
Museum of the Year shortlist – from a battleship to a Prince's court

Shortlist includes entries from all four UK countries for the £100k annual prize.

8th May 2019 »read more
Digital Highlights 2019

A selection of the digital projects NMDC member museums are working on during 2019.

4th Apr 2019 »read more
Art Fund announces recipients in first year of the Headley Fellowships scheme

Seven curators receive funding of £200k so they can pursue research projects.

4th Apr 2019 »read more
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