1. Introduction


About the NMDC

The National Museum Directors' Conference (NMDC) represents the leaders of the UK's national collections and some of the major regional museums. The NMDC is an independent, non-governmental organisation funded by its membership institutions, the directors of which give their time voluntarily to the organisation.

The NMDC represents its members, the issues they care about and the museums sector to policy makers and opinion formers, and works to inform and shape the museums and cultural policy agendas across the UK. For more information on the NMDC see our website.

About this review

The changing cultural landscape at present - with the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and transfer of functions to Arts Council England; the proposed change in status for non-national DCMS-sponsored museums; changes to Renaissance in the Regions; and a difficult spending round for the sector - raises a number of challenges. However, it also presents an opportunity and a timely juncture for the NMDC to consider where it can add most value and re-examine its future purpose and role, its audience and who it should represent.

We feel that if we are to be as effective as possible going ahead it is important that our stakeholders have also had the opportunity to comment on where they see the NMDC adding value and where we could re-focus. We therefore welcome any comments you would like to contribute here.

The deadline for completing this survey is Wednesday 25th May 2011.