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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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. […]


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, […]


NEWS: Introducing New NWFed Board Member Rachel Mulhearn

During the last North West Federation of Museum’s board meeting, held on 15 January 2016 (full meeting minutes available here), we welcomed some new Board members including Rachel Mulhearn who is the Director of Rachel Mulhearn Associates, a cultural heritage consultancy which works across the UK. Previous to setting up Mulhearn Associates in 2012, Rachel was […]


NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member, Meg McHugh

During the last North West Federation of Museum’s board meeting, held on 15 January 2016 (full meeting minutes available here), we welcomed some new Board members including Meg McHugh who is currently Senior Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.  With over 15 years of experience in the sector, Meg worked at the […]


COMMENT: Inquiry – Hard Times for the UK’s Regional Museums

In an article originally published in Apollo magazine’s September issue, Jake Wakefield examined the numerous issues facing our regional galleries and museums.  As an organisation supporting and championing the interests of museums and galleries across the North West region, we at the NWFed were interested to read what Jack had to say on the key […]