South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Museums Day set to help advocate for museums

museums-day A day of nationwide political advocacy to promote the work of UK museums has been announced by the Museums Association (MA) and National Museum Directors Council (NMDC).

Museums Day will take place on 15 May and will be a focal point for all museums to engage with local and national politicians to promote the impact that museums have across social, cultural, economic, scientific and educational spheres. Museum leaders around the country will be encouraged to increase their advocacy activity through a range of different activities including writing to key stakeholders, inviting local politicians to visit museums and using social media to promote the value of museums museums. Guidance and statistics will be provided by MA and NDMC for participating museums prior to the event. NMDC chair, Diane Lees, says: “Museums Day will provide a great opportunity for the whole sector to come together to celebrate and promote what museums do and why they matter. “It will be a chance for us to highlight the unique quality and value of UK museums’ collections and expertise, and to build support for museums from national, regional and local politicians.” Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, says: “Museums Day is a brilliant opportunity for museums of all types and sizes across the UK to make the case for the value of museums to stakeholders and politicians. “We know that museums are delivering real change for communities as well as social and economic impact. The day will be an opportunity for people who work in museums to meet Westminster politicians and let them know about the life-changing work that they are involved in.” Further details about Museums Day will be announced soon - you can follow the hashtag #museumsdayuk on Twitter.