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

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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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Environment Conference

NMDC held a virtual conference on the climate crisis, convened by CEO of the Horniman, Nick Merriman who is also Chair of NMDC’s environment and ecology subgroup. Please click 'read more' to access recordings of the panels.

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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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NMDC Coronavirus Updates

Please see the link below for updates from NMDC and our member institutions.

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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 45 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) launched

ACE has opened its fund for non-national Accredited museums in England.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
Townscapes report argues museums and libraries are a vital part of reviving ‘left behind’ places

Museums and libraries have a place among larger infrastructure projects in helping towns to flourish.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
Cultural institutions oppose cuts to university arts education

Open letter calls for 'strategic mis-step' to be reversed.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
Reboot Cornwall: museums reopen with AR programme, recreating 19th century port and prison

New models test how digital approaches can expand what museums offer across Cornwall.

2nd Jun 2021 »read more
Search for Museum of the Year is launched

A simplified application process, and increased prize money for runners up, in recognition of a tough year for museums.

7th May 2021 »read more
Report reveals the impact of trusts and foundations in supporting the cultural sector

Covering the 19 largest trusts and foundations, it gives the big picture of their role in the funding ecosystem for the first time.

7th May 2021 »read more
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