NWFED is consulting with members and key stakeholders about the future of the NWFED

The past year has been a challenging one for the NWFed. The business plan and model that was developed to take the organisation forward was overtaken by major changes in the organisational, political and financial environment of the sector. This has been coupled with significant pressure on Board members in their working roles and the loss of several Board members.

During this period, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, the NWFed has successfully established the HLF Skills for the Future Partnership Project and a number of trainees are now in place in NW museums.

We have also organised a small number of half-day meetings, aiming to facilitate networking and providing opportunities for members to gain first-hand experience of cutting-edge work in the region. We have focussed on the type of projects of relevance to the work we recently commissioned on Rethinking the Museum.

The website has continued to provide useful information and the discussions around ‘Rethinking the Museum’ have been lively and thought-provoking.

We have had excellent support throughout the year from National Museums Liverpool and the Museums Association.

However, the NWFed is currently reviewing its business plan in light of the significant changes to the museum, arts and heritage landscape in the North West. Steve Garland has taken over as Acting Chair and we aim to both recruit a new Chair and to strengthen the Board in the near future.

We are currently in dialogue with organisations, members and partners about their priorities and needs as well as imminent developments and the new regional landscape for the sector. We will use this information to determine the future direction and immediate priorities for the NWFed.

If you have contributions or views about the NWFed and its work/priorities/plans, please email info@nwfed.org.uk

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