LGA responds to museum statistics

"Councils are extremely proud of our national museums, which serve a key role in the growth of tourism throughout the country. "


Thumbnail

Responding to the museum visitor statistics published today, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board said:

“Councils are extremely proud of our national museums, which serve a key role in the growth of tourism throughout the country. 

“It is vital that we support our smaller museums, which also make an important contribution to local places, but which are particularly struggling and in need of support. That is why the LGA is working collaboratively with Arts Council England, the Association of Independent Museums and other partners to provide them with best practice which will enable them to thrive. 

“There are examples of excellent work which has been developed by local museums. The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery is one of many museums which is working hard to make its facilities accessible to residents with dementia. In Yorkshire, the Experience Barnsley Museum has created an archives discovery centre which shares stories of Barnsley residents and with this, it establishes a sense of belonging through history. 

“With councils experiencing significant and ongoing funding pressures, it is vital that the Government ensures councils have the resources they need to support these vital cultural institutions.”

Notes to editor