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.

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NEWS: Five North West Museums Selected for Art & Heritage’s Meeting Point 2

Artist Irene Brown at a public workshop as part of her project for Meeting Point 1 at the Thackray Medical Museum  © Jonathan Turner Arts & Heritage (A&H) in collaboration with Museum Development Managers for the North of England have selected ten museums to take part in Meeting Point 2, half being from the North […]


NEWS: Update – Volunteer Support Our Skills Pilot Programme Update

As many of you will remember, last year the NWFed, in partnership with Museum Development North West, undertook a consultation engaging over 300 volunteers from museums, galleries and heritage organsiations across the North West as part of their newly launched training project for volunteers, Support our Skills (SOS). The pilot training project is now up […]


NEWS: NWFed AGM – 24 March 2017 at MoSI, Manchester

When:  Friday 24 March 2017, 10:30am – 11:00am Where:  Museum of Science  and Industry, Manchester The North West Federation of Museums Annual General Meeting of the Members will be held on Friday 24 March 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester at 10:30am.  The agenda will be as follows: Apologies for Absence […]


Deadline approaching call for papers Social History Curators Group conference

  25th February Call for contributions, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions and other presentations on the theme of:  Museums and Cultural Identity in a post-2016 landscape This year we’re looking for any presentation, talk or concept that relates to the topics outlined in the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. The more thought provoking, […]


NEWS: The NWFed Needs You!

The NWFed is currently on the look out for new board members to join their team of dedicated and enthusiastic museums and heritage professionals. Are you working in the museum sector in the North West as a paid staff member or volunteer? Are you passionate about museums, galleries and heritage? Do you want to share the […]


GUEST BLOG: NWFed Event – Handling, Packing and Moving Museum Objects

Image courtesy Chrissy Partheni NWFED Event: A Beginner’s Guide to Handling, Packing and Moving Museum Objects When: Thursday 10 November 2016 Where:  Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester Report by Guest Blogger, Laura Biggadike, Galleries Coordinator, The Lowry, Salford As a recent Masters graduate who now works as a Galleries Coordinator at The […]


NWFed and MDNW EVENT: Fundraising Strategies Workshop Programme 2016/17

Image courtesy, The Atkinson Developed by the NWFed in partnership with Museum Development North West, this series of five workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current […]


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 successfully driven […]


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 […]