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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FUNDING: The Fore – Summer Applications

Summer 2019 Registration Opens: 1 April  2019, 10.00am Application Deadline for Registered Organisations: 29 April 2019 Funding Decisions Announced: 19th July 2019 A Big Lottery Fund partner, The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. The Fore are proud to be […]


NEWS: New-look National Lottery Heritage Fund unveils plans for the next five years

A major decentralisation of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1 Billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years which will see decisions on around 80% of all funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (previously the […]


WORKSHOPS: Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s Online Courses

All online courses can be taken in your own time, and at your own pace, before the 1 March 2019   A Practical Guide to Lawful Fundraising Course Length – estimated 1.5 hours Fundraising in the arts and cultural sector is changing. As many organisations become less reliant on state funding, they are investing more […]


WORKSHOP: Is Accreditation suitable for my museum? Accreditation Scheme workshop

When: Monday 18 March 2019, 10.00am – 3.00pm Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, St Mary’s Street, Preston, PR1 5LN How Much: Free Have you heard about the Accreditation Scheme and are not sure what it is? Are you considering applying for Accreditation but are not sure if your museum is suitable? The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally […]


NEWS: Have Your Say! AIM’s Member And Stakeholder Survey 2019

HAVE YOUR SAY BY 4 MARCH 2019 The Association of Independent Museums are planning how they can better help heritage organisations prosper in the next few years and would like to know what you think. They have put together a survey for you to share your views and are asking everyone involved in the museum and […]


WORKSHOP: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in the Arts and Cultural Sector

When: 13 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.15pm Where: HOME, Manchester How Much: £150.00 – includes lunch and a certificate of attendance This new course from Artswork has been designed for individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of safeguarding legislation and best practice, specifically when working with vulnerable adults in the creative, cultural and […]