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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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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Exhibition and event highlights 2019

We are creating a list of member highlight events for 2019 and adding to it throughout this month.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
Manchester Museum in unique collaboration to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Manchester Museum has co-curated a unique exhibition with the Partition Museum, Amritsar.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
Ceramics to Coptic socks: National Museum of Scotland completes £80m gallery transformation

Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries open.

6th Mar 2019 »read more
NMDC staff changes and recruitment

NMDC is recruiting for a new temporary Public Affairs Officer.

5th Feb 2019 »read more
Government consults on proposed changes to the Treasure Act

The Government is proposing to widen the definition of treasure.

5th Feb 2019 »read more
ACE publishes a guide to No Deal Brexit for cultural organisations

Issues including EU programmes, staffing and people and cultural goods crossing borders are summarised for cultural groups.

5th Feb 2019 »read more
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