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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ICOM UK-NMDC 2021 Working Internationally Conference

Join us for our three day virtual conference, covering topics including social justice, sustainability and the future of museums.

12th Jan 2021 »read more
‘Eat the Archives’ – creation and participation are dominant themes for 2021 museum openings

Derby Silk Mill, Manchester Jewish Museum, Museum of the Home and Thackray Medical Museum among those opening or reopening after major transformation this year.

11th Jan 2021 »read more
Culture GVA up 9.5% in 2019, bringing £34.6bn to the economy

New figures for 2019 show DCMS sectors outperforming the rest of the economy before the coronavirus hit.

11th Jan 2021 »read more
£250m available in second round of Cultural Recovery Fund grants

New round focuses on helping cultural organisations move to a viable and sustainable operating model.

11th Jan 2021 »read more
Science Museum acquires empty vial from world's first Covid-19 vaccine

Spring exhibition will also look at vaccination in a wider context: from bubonic plague to Ebola.

11th Jan 2021 »read more
BMAG invites users to curate gallery space in virtual reality

A collaboration with the game Occupy White Walls means that players can curate Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery pictures - with help from AI which learns their taste.

4th Dec 2020 »read more
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