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

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Working Internationally Conference 2022

This years conference takes place on 7-8 April online, book tickets now - see here for more details

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Green Museums: Tackling the Climate Crisis

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

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Climate Conference

Museums and Galleries Responding to the Climate and Ecological Crisis Conference will take place on 7th and 8th March, hosted by NMDC at the Whitworth.

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Principles for Lending and Borrowing

As museums reopen following the UK lockdowns, many are 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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Good Practice Guidelines for Museum Reopening

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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APPG for Museums

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Museums was set up to highlight and promote the interests of museums across the UK. For minutes and details of upcoming meetings, please click below.

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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 46 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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Department for Education commits to Cultural Education Plan in 2023

Discussions underway on a more structured approach to supporting cultural education,.

6th Jun 2022 »read more
Third Art Fund directors’ survey on pandemic impacts track ‘plans beyond mere survival’

Results of Art Fund survey show growing confidence - but some lost visitor demographics and the importance of addressing staff wellbeing.

6th Jun 2022 »read more
RAMM About Town: Exeter Museum partners on consultation on the future of the high street

Its innovative approach, based in a former GAP shop, includes using Lego, Minecraft and museum collections to help people think creatively.

6th Jun 2022 »read more
Technicians: Science Museum announces Marvel among the partners for its new gallery

Its look at the often overlooked work by technicians also encompasses work by veterinary nurses, NHS workers - and on the floor of the sea.

6th Jun 2022 »read more
Museum of the Year shortlist champions education and co-creation

The shortlist includes the Museum of Making in Derby, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London, People's History Museum, Manchester, Story Museum, Oxford and Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham, Wales.

11th May 2022 »read more
Government distributes £4.6m to support volunteering, including to TWAM consortium

160 community organisations are sharing £4.6m to support 7,800 volunteering opportunities through the Government’s Volunteering Futures Fund.

11th May 2022 »read more
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