A Westminster Hall debate on Local museums is scheduled for Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Stephen Kerr MP.Jump to full report >>
The Museum Association data suggests that local authority museums account for 24% of all museums. This is the second highest category after independent museums which comprise 43%. The table on the right presents estimated museum distribution by type in 2016/17.
Attendance was higher in almost half (47%) of all museums 2016/17 compared to 2015/16. In contrast around one-third (32%) reported decrease in attendance and one fifth (19%) similar attendance levels.
The chart below shows funding changes by museum type. Around 26% of all museums indicated that funding was lower in 2016/17 compared to 2015/16. It decreased in 39% of local authority museums and 54% of IFLA museums.
In 2016/17, 38% of IFLA museums and 37% of current local authority museums reported an increase in funding, compared to just 18% of all museums.
Around 42% of local authority museums indicated that their income had stayed the same. This compares with 35% of all museums and just 8% of IFLA museums.
The chart on the right shows that regular public income (all public revenue funding, such as money received from a local authority or higher education institution) stayed the same in 51%, and increased in 14% of all museums.
In contrast, 46% of all museums indicated that earned income from sources such as cafes and shops increased and 32% reported that this income was the same in 2016/17 compared to 2015/16.
Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0059
Authors: John Woodhouse; Lukas Audickas; Sarah Pepin
Topic: Museums and galleries