The overall aim of the Northern Ireland Museums Council is to support local museums across Northern Ireland in maintaining and improving their standards of collections care and public services
- Managing the Museum Accreditation Scheme, which is the sector standard for museums in the UK.
- Providing Grant Assistance to Accredited museums.
- Running an Acquisition Fund to help museums purchase objects for their collections.
- Strengthening the skills of knowledge of people working and volunteering in museums through our Training Programme and the delivery of the HLF Skills For The Future programmes.
- Promoting museums and their collections as sources of learning, enjoyment and personal development and the delivery of HLF Playful Museums Programme
- Undertaking Research and demonstrating the benefits and impacts of museums.
- Providing Advice, Guidance and Information to the sector and the general public.
We are the lead body for the support and development of our local museums and the principle advocate for the sector. We are the main conduit for the government’s support for non-national museums, receiving funding from the Northern Ireland Assembly through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
NIMC is a membership body and we keep in close contact with our museums and the growing number of our individual members. This ensures that what we do is firmly rooted in supporting and enhancing the public’s experience and enjoyment of our local museums. Consequently the Council fulfils a unique bridging role: on the one hand ensuring that government support for local museums is informed by professional practice and the public need; and on the other working to enhance local museums’ awareness and contribution to government policy.
Our work falls under four main headings
- Collections Development, Care, Management and Use
- Developing Audiences
- Education and Learning
- Infrastructure, Investment and Resources
Examples and Case Studies of how we have assisted museums with their work in these areas are available in each section.