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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ICOM Conference

Working Internationally: Can museums and galleries save UK diplomacy?: Soft power in turbulent times.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference on Thursday 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery.

The 2020 Working Internationally Conference will examine the variety of ways in which museums and galleries create and influence soft power. 

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The Future of Civic Museums

A bold new report from the English Civic Museums Network, The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece examines the particular importance of civic museums in the 21st Century.

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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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‘A planetary emergency’: NHM places climate at the centre of its strategy to 2031

New exhibition spaces, an 'Urban Nature Project' and public engagement among plans to 'make an impact far beyond our physical limits'.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
Horniman publishes more detail of plan to become carbon neutral by 2040

Museum plans to hire a new Climate and Ecology Action co-ordinator as well as refreshing galleries with the 'Nature and Love' project.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
Boris Johnson launches UK Year of Climate Action at the Science Museum

SMG also announces a season of events including the first major exhibition on carbon capture.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
Mapping the museum sector

Major report looks at the history and extent of independent museums from 1960 - 2020.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
£250k awarded by NLHF for Geographic Museum Forums in Scotland

New funding and facilitator post to support the sector.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
New £7m Youth Accelerator Fund supports Kicking the Dust and other cultural projects

New funds go to NLHF and UK Youth.

6th Feb 2020 »read more
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