Should museums have to prove their economic value?

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Rebecca Atkinson
The question of how the museum, heritage and arts sectors can best demonstrate their contribution to the wider economy has been hotly debated in the wake of English culture secretary Maria Miller's call back in April for the sector to promote culture as a commodity to justify public investment.

A news analysis in the July/August edition of Museums Journal asked whether a price can be placed on the value of culture, but also examined the different ways organisations can measure economic value.

But should they have to: is it short-sighted to only consider culture's monetary value or is it necessary in light of funding cuts to make a case that the treasury can understand?

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