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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Museums and Resilient Leadership 2016/17

DEADLINE:  5.00pm on Monday 29 February Museums & Resilient Leadership (MRL) is a unique year long programme designed to develop resilient and entrepreneurial leaders for the 21st Century. MRL are looking for the passionately curious, the enquirers, those who are motivated to develop and make change happen. If that sounds like you, then they would love to […]


CONFERENCE: European Network of Cultural Centres 2016

When:  Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 February 2016 Where:  Bury Art Museum How Much:  ENCC Members €140, Non-members €180 and Non-members from UK €50 The 2016 European Network of Cultural Centres Conference will be taking place at Bury Art Museum between 17 – 19 February. This event will focus on the themes of resilience, development & […]


WORKSHOP: International Touring Exhibitions

When:  Monday 15 February from 10:30am          Where:  Bury Art Museum, Moss Street Bury, Lancs, BL9 0DR How Much:  Free As UK regional museums are increasingly negotiating social, cultural and economic changes, museum leaders, curators and policy makers must continuously reassess their organisation’s strategy and activity. In response to economic changes to the sector, Bury Art […]


NEWS: Help for regional museums to acquire contemporary art

This article was originally published by Arts Professional and is shared here for our members information.  One major work by a leading British artist will be purchased each year for a UK museum or gallery through a new scheme launched by the Contemporary Art Society (CAS). The ‘Great Works’ initiative aims to address the lack of works […]


NEWS: Lancashire Council passes plans to cut 92% of arts budget and close five museums

This article was originally published on National Museum Directors Councils’ Newsletter:  Lancashire Council has passed radical plans to close five of the 11 museums in its control and retain five others only on condition that they are self-sustaining through admissions takings. The Council had previously intended to earmark £1.2m for culture in 2015-16, increasing by […]


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 […]


COMMENT: Fundraising Negotiating – Dark Art or Being Empowered to Get it Right?

With the on-going threats to funding within the museum, heritage and cultural sector the need to diversify funding sources has become a key concern for many fundraisers working within the sector, but if organisations want to secure long-term, sustainable funding from corporations their fundraisers need to be empowered to negotiate and build partnerships. In response to this issue, Culturehive recently […]


NEWS: Whitworth Named Best European Emerging Cultural Destination of the Year

On 9 October 2015, NWFED member, the Whitworth Art Gallery was named the best emerging cultural destination in Europe at the 2015 edition of the prestigious Leading Cultural Destinations Awards at a ceremony in London. This year, the Leading Culture Destinations awards were divided into five categories with winners selected for:  Exhibitions and Programming, Architecture and Spatial Design, […]