Welcome to the NWFED website.

We are an independent membership organisation which aims to represent and champion the interests of museums and galleries in the North West, and the people who work in them, on both a regional and a national level.

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Membership is open to all people working, volunteering or with a professional interest in museums, art galleries and heritage organisations in the North West and Isle of Man.  The NWFED welcomes staff and volunteers from all areas of activity.

If you are already a member you can follow our programme of events and training as well as other national and regional networking opportunities. You can also take a look at what is happening on our news blog and let us know what you think too.

If you are not a member you can find out about the benefits of membership and join here


NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member, Laura Ferguson

  The NWFed is pleased to announce the appointment of new Board member, Laura Ferguson, Education Development Officer at Gallery Oldham. With over 8 years of experience in the sector, Laura worked at the Whitworth and Lakeland Arts before joining the team at Gallery Oldham. Specialising in learning and engagement, Laura has worked with schools, colleges, families, communities […]


COMMENT: High-Street Strategies in Galleries and Museums

In times of adversity, funding cuts and tightly squeezed budgets, commerciality and sustainability are becoming words that many arts organisations are having to embrace within their organisation’s strategy.  For many, this is a hard path to tread as many curators and operation managers can feel that commercialisation of their organisation’s collection can undermine the fundamental reasons for which they preserve and present their collection. […]


COMMENT: Bring foreign tourists to museums with a great marketing strategy

  Over the past three years, the seven museums run by Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales has seen a 26% increase in overseas tourists visiting their venues, accounting for one in four of all visitors. In an article for The Guardian, June François, Head of Marketing for National Museum Wales divulged how she feels her and her team have managed to […]


NEWS: DCMS Releases Culture White Paper

On 23 March 2016, the Department for Culture Media and Sport released the Cultural White Paper, the first strategy for arts and culture in more than 50 years which sets out the Government’s strategy to help ensure the arts, culture and heritage are open to all. Setting out new stipulations from the Government for all publicly-funded arts organisations, the paper […]


NEWS: Museum Freecycle

Many of you will have heard of the website Freecycle; a space where unwanted items are listed and exchanged to give them a new lease of life in the homes of others.  Since June 2014, the site has hosted a museum specific group aptly named – The Museum Freecycle which has continued to flourish and now has around 500 museum members finding homes for unwanted […]


NEWS: Museum Association publish new Code of Ethics

Many of you may already be aware that the Museums Association has recently conducted a review of the Code of Ethics for Museums which led to the adoption of a new Code of Ethics by unanimous vote at the MA’s AGM in Birmingham in November 2015. Designed to be shorter and more user-friendly than the previous code, […]