Through promoting excellence, innovation, partnerships and organisational sustainability our aim is to help museums to become resilient in challenging times. The Museum Development North West (MDNW) team are managed by Cumbria Museums Consortium and the Manchester Partnership.

The significant roles of MDNW are to:

  • Assess real priorities for the sector
  • Be ambitious for what the sector can achieve
  • Identify barriers that prevent raising performance of the sector
  • Build capacity and resources for those museums within the sector that can attain excellence in meeting the particular and diverse needs of the community served by museums
  • Provide regional leadership and act as ‘first responders’

This is achieved through:

  • Identifying where support should be directed through knowledge of the sector
  • Building trust and personal relationships through face-to-face meetings, such as site visits, with key personnel
  • Targeting funding, resources and governance development in ways that set ‘staging posts’ for museums to improve their offer

Our focus areas have been:

  • Developing partnerships and networks
  • Understanding audiences through data collection and analysis
  • Organisational resilience and sustainability
  • Workforce development

Contact the team: