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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Maria Balshaw appointed as new NMDC Chair

Reyahn King, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust and Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A are also newly appointed to NMDC's Executive Committee.

8th Apr 2021 »read more
Updated NMDC Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums

Check the new guidance, including new track and trace rules.

8th Apr 2021 »read more
NPG to improve visibility of women in its collection with support from the Chanel Culture Fund

‘Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture’ will bring greater visibility to women in its collections, as well as purchasing art and making new commissions.

8th Apr 2021 »read more
Scottish Government triples funding for V&A Dundee, as a crucial strand of socio-economic recovery

The museum will officially become Scotland's centre for design and continue to broaden partnership projects.

8th Apr 2021 »read more
Budget includes £408m recovery package for culture

Support includes £90m for national museums and cultural bodies and £20m for cultural projects in regional towns and cities.

5th Mar 2021 »read more
New Passivhaus building at Hull Maritime project will be exceptionally energy efficient

The planned building has been described by Hull City Council as “one of the most energy efficient buildings in the UK’s cultural and heritage sector”.

5th Mar 2021 »read more
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