UK Government

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting UK citizens and businesses around the globe.  It provides a number of online resources.


The London Diplomatic List contains the addresses and contact details of all foreign Embassies and High Commissions.  Some Embassies and High Commissions have a Cultural Section and/or Secretary for Culture or Cultural Attaché.  The FCO also provides a list of Consular Offices outside London.


List of British missions overseas.


The FCO’s worldwide subsistence rates act as a benchmark scale rate for expenses payments for accommodation and subsistence overseas.  This is a useful reference and starting point when negotiating subsistence rates with overseas project partners, and particularly subsistence rates for exhibition couriers.


Visa and immigration advice for temporary workers, students, and tourists visiting the UK.  Remember to allow plenty of time for visa applications.


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies win business overseas. As part of its commitment to the attractions industry, UKTI sponsors this online directory of UK companies operating in the “experience economy”. UKTI already provides UK companies in the attractions, museum and theme park sectors with knowledge, advice and practical support through this website, its UK offices and its network of advisors in 90+ embassies and consulates worldwide.


Making Museums Work

As the UK museum sector has a world-class reputation, their skills and expertise are in demand from organisations worldwide who are looking to re-develop museums or create new institutions.  This publication by UKTI outlines some of the remarkable projects UK museums have been partners in.

Download Making Museums Work


Exporting and business country guides

Although aimed at businesses exporting overseas, these guides include useful information for anyone doing business overseas. is the online directory of UK companies in the experience economy that supply museums, theme parks, visitor attractions, live events, aquariums, zoos etc. worldwide.

If you are a UK company operating in the experience economy, Experience UK can help increase your international profile by means of a free directory entry in addition to news, updates on global opportunities and funding that may be available to you.  Click HERE to join now for free.

Click HERE to download the Experience UK Directory 2016, which includes listings for UK museums and galleries involved with international touring exhibitions.


Know Before You Go – staying safe and healthy abroad

One-stop shop of information and advice for safe overseas travel, including foreign travel advice (your travel insurance may not be valid if the FCO advises against travel to a particular country), health and vaccination advice, country guides etc.


The Culture Diary

The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form.

A unique industry-only tool, The Culture Diary also features a business directory to connect with other arts organisations and develop partnerships to support major campaigns and international exchanges.

The Culture Diary is for any cultural organisation, from small independent organisations to major national institutions. It includes art, dance, design, museums, music, theatre, and much more.

Members include TATE, London Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Globe, Manchester International Festival, and many more. All registrations are reviewed to keep data on the Diary private to members only.