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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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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Headley Fellowships offer curators significant time off for research

Funding backfills posts for six months so curators can carry out new research.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
44% say museums are the cultural experience which contributes most to quality of life in ACE survey

ACE publishes a detailed report of its consultation ahead of preparing a ten-year plan to 2030.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
The socio-economics of dinosaurs: Dippy storms Dorset

First leg of the Dippy Tour at Dorset County Museum brought £1.1m to the local economy and more than 153,000 visitors.

3rd Aug 2018 »read more
A new Enlightenment: strengthening civic museums

The English Civic Museums Network (ECMN) has published a new report: The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece. The think piece, authored by Peter Latchford of Black Radley Ltd, was commissioned to examine the particular qualities, value and importance of civic museums, identify the current challenges they face and explore what they should do to thrive and become more relevant and resilient in the future.

9th Jul 2018 »read more
Cultural Development Fund offers £20m for towns and cities in England

Areas can bid for £3-7m for a raft of cultural interventions to increase prosperity.

9th Jul 2018 »read more
British Council report on trust in international relations

British Council’s international survey finds museums are among the most trusted UK institutions

9th Jul 2018 »read more
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