Norfolk Museums Development Foundation

The Norfolk Museums Development Foundation (NMDF) is an independent charity working to provide support to Norfolk Museums Services (NMS) and its partner organisations in the museums, heritage and charity sector.

The charity was established in 2014 with the purpose of supporting NMS to secure funding for the care and development of its outstanding collections and buildings and for a wide range of activities for public benefit, including extensive formal and informal learning programmes, skills development and volunteering opportunities, public exhibitions and events.

The NMDF seeks to complement the work of NMS, with trustees using their wide range of skills and expertise to provide guidance and advice to museum staff. The trustees also help to develop important links with a range of external organisations.

The Foundation’s fundraising strategy supports activities at all ten museums across the service but during 2016-17 the trustees focused their efforts primarily on raising funds for the Gateway to Medieval England project to develop the medieval keep within Norwich Castle and were successful in securing grants from a range of national and local trusts and foundations.

The NMDF is a registered company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Charity Commission.

The board of directors/trustees:

Cllr John Ward (Chair) - Chair of the Norfolk joint Museums Committee
Brian Horner (Company Secretary) - retired Chief Executive of Voluntary Norfolk
Donna Chessum - PR Consultant
Mark Jeffries - retired Consultant, Mills & Reeve LLP
Cllr Mark Kiddle-Morris - Vice-chair of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee
David Missen - Chartered Accountant
Mark Pendlington - Anglian Water Group Director
Sarah Steed - Business Director, Norwich University of the Arts
Tim Sweeting - Chief Executive, YMCA Norfolk
Caroline Williams, MBE - retired Chief Executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
Helen Wilson - Chair of the New Anglia Cultural Board

For more information about the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation and how you can support the work of the Norfolk Museums Service through the Foundation visit our website:

NMDF registered office:

Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ

Tel: 01603 222594



Charity Number: 1158727

Company Number: 9027498