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Title
National Museum Directors' Conference (NMDC)

Description
The National Museum Directors' Conference (NMDC) an independent, non-governmental organisation, was founded in order for the national collections to work together and deal with issues of concern to all. Members are the directors of the national museums of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the three national libraries, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Public Record Office.

In June 1998 the NMDC established a Working Group on Spoliation to draw up a Statement of Principles and proposed actions for all member institutions regarding Nazi-era looted art. That Statement was presented to the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets in December 1998. Each member museum was encouraged to draw up a plan for provenance research. An external advisory committee was appointed to ensure that the museums followed the principles set out in the NMDC Statement. The Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC), now The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), representing the non-national museums and galleries, produced a similar statement in April 1999 as a guide for non-national museums and galleries. The Commission and its findings are also represented within the NMDC Working Group.

In order to publicise the results of the provenance research carried out by the NMDC and the MGC (now The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, MLA), the NMDC set up a website at: www.nationalmuseums.org.uk. The first progress report was published online in February 2000 and updated in October of the same year. It contains, in addition to individual action plans and progress-to-date for each museum, gallery, and library member of the working party, lists of works of art with incomplete provenances between 1933-1945 under their respective institutions. The website also provides useful information for claimants and any interested enquirers.

The following museums, with their associated information, are currently listed on the site.

National Museums and Galleries

  • British Library
  • British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Maritime Museum
  • National Museums & Galleries of Wales
  • National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside
  • National Museums of Scotland
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Science Museum
  • Tate Gallery
  • Victoria & Albert Museum

    Non-National Museums and Galleries

  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Birmingham Museums And Art Gallery
  • Bowes Museum
  • The Courtauld Institute Gallery
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Glasgow Museums
  • Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
  • Kingston Upon Hull Museums And Art Galleries
  • Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
  • Northampton Museums
  • Southampton City Art Gallery
  • York City Art Gallery
     
    Contact Information 
    National Museum Directors' Conference (NMDC)
    Victoria & Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London SW7 2RL
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 2162
    Email:
    nmdc@nationalmuseums.org.uk
    www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/spoliation.html

    Kate Bellamy (Secretary)
    Tel.: +44 (0)20 7942 2817

    Suzie Tucker (Executive Assistant)
    Tel.: +44 (0)20 7942 2818


    Sources

    National Museum Directors' Conference
    <www.nationalmuseums.org.uk>, first accessed 21 November 2002.  Link updated 19 July 2007.

    Cultural Property Advice - Spoliation Reports
    <www.culturalpropertyadvice.gov.uk/spoliation_reports>, first accessed 21 November 2002.  Link updated 19 July 2007.
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