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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Our monthly newsletter includes updates on NMDC activities and policy news from around the UK museum sector and beyond.

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NMDC and MA gather for a day of advocacy at Westminster

MPs and museum professionals gather to discuss the importance and value of museums.

7th Jun 2018 »read more
DCMS publishes its first statement of ‘Areas of Research Interest’

It has also appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to work more closely with UKRI.

7th Jun 2018 »read more
Art Fund aims to substantially increase its giving by 2020

It hopes to offer £10m each year in support of collections.

7th Jun 2018 »read more
Arts Minister announces plans for 'more strategic' sharing of museum objects

DCMS is in talks with NMDC and ACE to create a strategic framework for loans and skills sharing by national museums.

11th May 2018 »read more
‘Expanding the idea of what a museum can be’: Museum of the Year finalists

Ferens Art Gallery, Tate St Ives, Glasgow Women's Library, Brooklands Museum and The Postal Museum on the shortlist for £100k prize.

11th May 2018 »read more
Dealing with contested history

Ulster Museum addresses the Troubles in a new object rich exhibition.

11th May 2018 »read more
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