The overall aim of the Northern Ireland Museums Council is to support local museums across Northern Ireland in maintaining and improving their standards of collections care and public services.
This includes promoting museums and their collections as sources of learning, enjoyment and personal development. NIMC is a membership body and it keeps in close contact with museums and the growing number of individual members. This ensures that what NIMC does is firmly rooted in supporting and enhancing the public’s experience and enjoyment of our local museums. Consequently the Council fulfils a unique bridging role: on the one hand ensuring that government support for local museums is informed by professional practice and the public need; and on the other working to enhance local museums’ awareness and contribution to government policy.
The work of NIMC falls under four main headings: • Collections Development, Care, Management and Use • Developing Audiences • Education and Learning • Infrastructure, Investment and Resources
Through its duty to assist local museums to maintain and improve their standards of collections care and public services, it can steer and influence the development of the whole sector, build capacity, and thus affect a more embedded and sustainable impact in addressing poverty and inclusion matters in the long term, as it has successfully done to date.
The Northern Ireland Museums Council defines Learning in Museums as a process of active engagement with experience. It is what people do when they want to make sense of the world. It may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, values, ideas and feelings. Effective learning in museums can lead to change, development and the desire to learn more. Museums who put learning at the centre of what they do will share their vision of their role and purpose as learning providers and supporters. They will show initiative, be flexible in adapting experiences to the needs of the learner, be open to new ideas and approaches, focus on the outcomes for learners, and develop their staff.