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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MEMBER EVENT: Knowsley Culture’s Affordable Art Auction

  When: Thursday 9 May, 5.00pm – 8.00pm Where: Kirkby Gallery Currently showing in Kirkby Gallery is the 18th Annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, with over 250 creative works from local artists of all ages who live, work, study or volunteer in Knowsley. To make this year’s exhibition all the more exciting, the artworks will be […]


WORKSHOP: Touring Exhibitions Group – Preparing to Borrow

When: Wednesday 5 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum How Much: £25.00 – £35.00 Organised by the Touring Exhibitions Group, this workshops will support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition. An interactive session, based on problem solving and discussion, the workshop will […]


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 […]


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 […]