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. "


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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

  • In April 2018 there were a total of 4.5 million visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries
  • This is an increase of 2.9 per cent (around 136,000 visits) compared with April 2017, although it is worth noting that April 2017 was a record number for April visits 
  • Museums and galleries monthly visits