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Governance and Transparency

As we operate in an open and transparent manner, you will find various documents and links below connected with the Board and how it works, the fundamental policies that guide our operations, and those areas of work which we are legally required to do.


The Northern Ireland Museums Council is constituted as a company, limited by guarantee, with charitable status. It operates as a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Communities for Northern Ireland.

NIMC Board

The Board meets every three months and occasionally at other times. Here are the links to the Minutes of their most recent meetings:

December 2021

September 2021

June 2021

March 2021


Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Board reports to the Council's membership at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place in September. Here is the link to the latest Annual Report and Financial Statements:

2020-21 Annual Report

2019-20 Annual Report

2018-19 Annual Report


Declarations of Interest

The Register of Interests of NIMC's Board of Directors lists the interests that each members (and those of their close family) have with any organisation or individual that gets funding or support from Northern Ireland Museums Council, or with other bodies that have dealings with the Council. Board members must declare any business interests when the Board meets and these are recorded in the Minutes.

Register of Interests


The Northern Ireland Musuems Council is required to develop an Equality Scheme in line with the requirements of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Following pubic consultation, the Council's revised scheme was submitted to the Equality Commission in May 2012 and was ratified in April 2013.

The Equality Scheme outlines arrangements for matters including: assessing compliance with the duties under section 75; assessing and consulting on the likely impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity; and, monitoring any adverse impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity.

NIMC Equality Scheme

Our Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

The Northern Ireland Museums Council is committed to helping develop a fair and equitable society, free from discrimination.  Through our support for local museums across Northern Ireland, we encourage inclusive and welcoming museums that are accessible to everyone.  

To find out more, please click here - Our Committment to Inclusion and Diversity

Disability Action Plan

The Northern Ireland Museums Council is committed to implementing  its responsibilities under Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by Article 5 of the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006).  Our committment is outlined in our Disability Action Plan. 

Northern Ireland Museums Council Disability Action Plan


The Northern Ireland Museums Council is committed to providing a high quality of service. If you are dissatisfied with the service we provide, we would like to hear from you. However, we would also like to hear about things you think we have done well and how you think we could improve our services.

If you wish to make a complaint you may write or e-mail your concerns, or telephone the Council where a staff member will be pleased to assist. Please contact:

Northern Ireland Museums Council,

153 Bangor Road,


Co Down,

Northern Ireland

BT18 0EU

Tel: 028 9055 0215

We have a Complaints Procedure in place which sets out our commitments on how we will handle any complaint and the timeframes within which we will deal with a complaint.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, and while it sets out exemptions from that right, it does place a number of obligations on public authorities. As a consequence NIMC routinely publishes information through its website and elsewhere. If you want information which is not available through these sources, you may contact us directly with your enquiry or ask us for it using the procedures set out in our Publication Scheme.

Data Protection

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 we have particular responsibilities regarding the collection and processing of information about people with whom we work. If you wish to enquire about what information we may hold about you personally, you may make a subject access request by writing to:

Data Controller
Northern Ireland Museums Council,

153 Bangor Road,


Co Down,

Northern Ireland

BT18 0EU


You must specify the kind of information you wish to be provided to you. In line with the Data Protection Act 1998, we will provide you with the information requested within 40 days, or explain in writing any reason for the delay in disclosure.


Other Corporate Documents

NIMC Corporate Strategy - Museums at the Heart

NIMC Information Technology Security Policy

NIMC Gifts and Hospitality Policy

NIMC Fraud and Bribery Prevention Policy

NIMC Procurement Policy

NIMC Raising Concerns Policy

NIMC Safeguarding Policy