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Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Museums Council.  Here you will find information on how we operate and a profile of the Council’s Board and staff. As an open and transparent organisation working in the public sector, we have also provided you with links to a range of documents on the Council’s policies and operations, and relating to our statutory duties.

The Northern Ireland Museums Council is the lead body supporting local museums across Northern Ireland.  During 2018, we developed with our Board of Directors, staff, members and external stakeholders, a new Corporate Plan spanning 2018-2021.



A dynamic, inclusive and sustainable museum sector



To champion, develop and support museums



Innovative            -       we are forward thinking, embracing change and new opportunities

Collaborative       -       we work with our partners in a respectful and inclusive way

Professional        -       we strive for excellence, integrity and sustainability



LEAD - We will fulfil a leading and enabling role for the local museum sector through our activities and by supporting, empowering and collaborating with others to ensure the positive role of museums in society

PROTECT - We will enhance the protection of museum collections through regulation, grant-aiding and training

CONNECT - We will facilitate and empower the local museum sector to connect more people and museums

VALUE - We will promote the value of museums and their collections through research, training and audience development activities

DELIVER - We will evaluate and improve the way we work and the quality of service we deliver