Our museums and galleries deliver world-class public services which offer individuals and families free and inspiring places to visit and things to do but they are much more than that. They attract audiences from home and abroad and stimulate the creativity and innovation that will help drive economic success. At a time of economic difficulty and as the UK prepares to welcome even more international visitors, they are more important than ever.
Museums have reinvented themselves in recent years. Using public funding, they have generated substantial private investment to rebuild, remain relevant and become truly outstanding, On average, national museums earn almost half of their own income (45.6%). To continue to be economically sustainable, museums must adequately funded and intelligently supported.
NMDC members are keen to further understanding of the impact of museums, for the benefit and development of the sector as a whole and to inform policy makers and opinion formers.NMDC's current work in this area includes making the case for Government investment in museums, promoting measures to encourage more charitable giving to museums and working with government for less onorous and disruptive application of rules governing museums.