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 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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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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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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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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NLHF gives £1m support to 17 projects to support digital volunteering

Volunteers will work with a Multilingual Digital Platform at Manchester Museum, and will learn skills including audio editing at Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust,

3rd Dec 2021 »read more
ACE Private Investment in Culture survey

Survey will look back over three years to bring pre- and post-pandemic insights to the sector.

3rd Dec 2021 »read more
New Curriculum for Wales offers opportunities for museums and heritage sites

The new curriculum is focused on skills development and sophistication of understanding, creativity and a sense of belonging.

3rd Dec 2021 »read more
A snapshot of fluctuating visitor figures in the UK and globally

2021 footfall in museums estimated to be around 40 - 50% of pre-pandemic numbers, as visitor figures slowly improve.

3rd Dec 2021 »read more
NMS and NMM lead £250k community-led research project to tell diaspora stories

The work will enable organisations around the UK to create new research projects with South Asian, African and African-Caribbean diaspora community groups.

3rd Dec 2021 »read more
NHM’s tracker reveals that the UK's low biodiversity

Museum's International Biodiversity Trends Explorer will be used to shape discussion at COP15 Convention on Biological Diveristy.

5th Nov 2021 »read more
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