Research: national - regional museum partnerships

In 2009, NMDC commissioned research into the extent and scope of partnership work between National collections and regional museums. The summary report, National Museums: Working in Partnership Across the UK, included a series of recommendations to strengthen and maintain this activity in the future.

Key findings included:

  • Across 16 national museums the total number of projects undertaken with partners across the UK in 2008-9 was well over 1,600.
  • Loan activity is strong, with nearly 80% of survey respondents describing their loan service as good and sustainable.
  • There is good provision for learning, with three quarters of loans and exhibitions in 2008-9 supported by access to specialists in learning.