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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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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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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Working internationally

NMDC supports and promotes museums' international work, including as co-organisers of the annual Working Internationally Conference.

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Supporting learning

Working to ensure that museums and galleries remain at the heart of children’s learning and development and continue to innovate to reach out to all young people in their communities.

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Highlights 2018

Highlights of the events and exhibitions of NMDC member museums and galleries for 2018, from spies and jungle survival to carnival and touring dinosaurs.

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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 44 museum, library and archive members across the UK.

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V&A Dundee opens in mid-September after eight-year development

Architect hopes the new building will be a 'living room for the city'.

11th Sep 2018 »read more
National Museum of Brazil destroyed by fire along with most of its collections

Includes contact details for any institution wishing to offer specific support.

11th Sep 2018 »read more
IWM pilot institute seeks to deepen public understanding of conflict

A collaboration between the museum and academics seeks to give a more nuanced view of complex wars.

11th Sep 2018 »read more
Headley Fellowships offer curators significant time off for research

Funding backfills posts for six months so curators can carry out new research.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
44% say museums are the cultural experience which contributes most to quality of life in ACE survey

ACE publishes a detailed report of its consultation ahead of preparing a ten-year plan to 2030.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
The socio-economics of dinosaurs: Dippy storms Dorset

First leg of the Dippy Tour at Dorset County Museum brought £1.1m to the local economy and more than 153,000 visitors.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
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