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 everyone working, volunteering or with a professional interest in museums, art galleries and heritage organisations in the North West and Isle of Man.  We welcome 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.

If you are not a member you can find out about the benefits of membership and join here

Co-production & Working with Communities (plus our AGM)

Join us for our next event for NWFed membersWednesday 6th July 2022, 10.00 – 4.00pm BOOK HERE At this one-day conference at the People’s History Museum (#Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 finalist and Activist Museum 2021-22 Winner) in Manchester we will discuss the ways in which museums in the North West are working […]

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Museum Basics is Back! Join us for Object Marking and Labelling in Liverpool

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT – LOOK OUT FOR MORE MUSEUMS BASICS EVENTS COMING SOON We’re delighted to bring back our first Museum Basics: An Introduction to Object Marking and Labelling training course since 2020, which takes place at World Museum, Liverpool, on Thursday 16th June 2022, 10.30am – 12.30pm. This hands-on […]

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NWFED Needs You! Could you be one of our new Board Members?

We’re looking for new board members, and you might be just the person we need!Are you working in the museum/cultural/arts sector in the North West as a paid staff member or volunteer? Are you passionate about the role and value of museums, galleries and heritage to different audiences and communities? Are you committed to creating diverse […]

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“Front of House make museums; they are the face of every single one.”

NWFed trustee, Claire Sleightholm, reviews our recent In Conversation event on the Changing Role of Museum Front of House

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NWFED News: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Claire Sleightholm

We are delighted to welcome another new member to the NWFED board.

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NWFED News: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Dwight Clarke

Dwight is our newest member of the NWFed board and joined us in summer 2021, bringing extensive experience in the creative industries in a wide range of roles. He has worked on a number of of fine art and community projects, gaining hands-on experience of working with the general public as a workshop and gallery […]

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NWFED NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Hilary Machell

Hilary joined the board of NWFED in 2021 with almost twenty five years’ experience in the sector.

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In Conversation: The Changing Role of Museum Front of House

“Front of House make museums; they are the face of every single one.” Join us for our next free In Conversation event for NWFed members.Online on Thursday 24th February 2021, 12 – 1pm #FOHMuseums The pandemic has shown that in a crisis, Front of House workers are invaluable. Their work to reopen museums, respond to […]

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Covid and Other Disasters: Conservation Matters in the Northwest

Book now for this one-day in-person conference to share experiences, network and enjoy some cake together. #CMNW21 Open to all with an interest in conservation in the region, including curators, conservators, students, volunteers and interns, taking place on 10th December 2021.

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Publication of NWFed’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

  As a members led organisation, we strive to ensure that all members voices are heard equally, and we uphold inclusive practices in all that we do as a Federation. We want the NWFed to be a vibrant, welcoming, representative organisation, filled with voices and perspectives from across the North west museum sector and the […]

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NWFed: In Conversation

The North West museum and heritage sector is bursting with new ideas. From making our sector more equitable to helping museums reduce their carbon footprint, our venues and institutions are leading the way in doing things differently. With so much going on, it can be confusing to know how you can get involved. Wouldn’t it […]

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Dear Members…

Dear Members, Apologies that we have not been in touch for some time. Our board members are all volunteers, many of whom have been fully occupied, dealing with the challenges of adapting their own institutions to the current pandemic and responding to the growing Black Lives Matter movement. Global events are having a significant impact […]

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New ‘Museum Basics’ events launched at National Museums Liverpool, 22 January 2020

Following feedback from our members the Fed introduced the first of our new ‘Museum Basics’ training events with a session on object marking and labelling aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needed a refresher. Hosted by National Museum Liverpool and run by Tracey Seddon – Conservator Organics […]

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NWFED NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Andy Pearce

Andy Pearce has over 30 years experience in the museum sector in the North West in roles ranging from Education Officer to Director. He has worked in a wide range of heritage organisations from small independents to large nationals, from charitable trusts to local authorities and has had responsibility for the care and display of […]

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NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Claire Benjamin

Claire Benjamin is Deputy Director of the Education and Visitors teams at National Museums Liverpool, which includes the International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. She is responsible for the strategic development of education initiatives, community engagement and front of house […]

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NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Gordon Chancellor

Gordon Chancellor moved to Stockport in February 2019 from the East of England, where he had been the Museum Development Officer (MDO) for Cambridgeshire since 2013. Gordon is now freelance and keen to work with museums in the North West. His museum career started as a geologist at the Oxford University Museum in the 1980s, […]

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