MDUK

Museum Development UK (MDUK) is the umbrella network for all museum development providers across the nation. There is also a collaborative group specific for MD England initatives. MDUK’s overarching goal is to enable diverse, inclusive and innovative museums that welcome people from all backgrounds. Together we create a thriving museum sector by raising standards, driving excellence and training people working in museums.

Museum Development UK aims are:

Everyone can experience and be inspired by museums. From the teacher planning a class visit, the student seeking work experience, families visiting during holidays, community groups using galleries for creative activity, to the volunteers who help keep the museum running: MDUK promotes museums as safe, inclusive and accessible spaces for all to enjoy.

Excellence is at the heart of the museum sector. That means supporting museums to deliver quality exhibitions, events, activities and services and to maintain sector-recognised professional standards and legal requirements.

People working in museums are skilled professionals. MDUK is the number one provider of training and professional development opportunities for the museum workforce. We are committed to working with appropriate partners to deliver specialist training to build staff confidence, and delivering training on equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Museums deliver quality services for communities. In order to thrive, museums need to be relevant to their communities. MDUK supports governance work on Equality and Diversity planning so that organisations represent the communities they serve. We also help museums understand their visitor market to develop programmes to grow and diversify their audiences.

Museums manage their collections ethically and creatively. Holding art and museum collections in trust for future generations is a central activity for museums. MDUK promotes best practice for managing cultural assets and help museums communicate the stories that connect their collections to visitors and the community.

Museum have access to grant programmes. In addition to providing advice, guidance and training, MDUK supports all of the above through small grants programmes.

For more information about MDUK, please visit their website.

Recent News

Museum Development Programme Evaluation

Museum Development Programme Evaluation

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research Ltd (in partnership with Durnin Research and Pomegranate) to carry out an evaluation of the impact of Arts Council England’s investment in the Museum Development Programme. As part of the evaluation, we would greatly...

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Carbon Literacy Training – last chance to book!

Carbon Literacy Training – last chance to book!

** Last chance to book ** Our second round of Carbon Literacy training is open for bookings across the Midlands. Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) and West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) are partnering to deliver several rounds of training, using the Carbon...

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Roots & Branches: Seeds for Action Survey

Roots & Branches: Seeds for Action Survey

What do you need to continue to grow carbon initiatives and climate action in your museum? As part of the Roots & Branches project, funded by an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant, Museum Development England are seeking your opinion on what...

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Museum Development Programme Evaluation

Museum Development Programme Evaluation

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research Ltd (in partnership with Durnin Research and Pomegranate) to carry out an evaluation of the impact of Arts Council England’s investment in the Museum Development Programme. As part of the evaluation, we would greatly...

read more
Carbon Literacy Training – last chance to book!

Carbon Literacy Training – last chance to book!

** Last chance to book ** Our second round of Carbon Literacy training is open for bookings across the Midlands. Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) and West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) are partnering to deliver several rounds of training, using the Carbon...

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Today is #PlayDay2022, a national celebration of children's right to play! 🤹‍♀️

We encourage UK museums to embrace playfulness through ... dedicated play training for museum staff, online guides and sharing best practice.

Find inspiration on our website: http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/resources/category/play

Want to learn more about how to connect with and build family audiences after lockdown?

Join us for this exciting session on #connectingwithfamilies
... run in partnership with @amadigital & @SEmuseumD

19 Sept, 10am-12pm

https://www.sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/event/connecting-with-families/