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What We Do

Our Aim

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

Our Programmes

Our Role

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

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.

Further detail on the context of our work, and its relation to the Programme for Government, the Northern Ireland Museums Policy is set out in our Business Plan.


Past programmes