University museums profiled in new report

Advocacy document published jointly by UMG and UMIS
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A publication highlighting the contribution made by university museums to culture and education was launched yesterday at the Museums Association conference in Liverpool. 

Impact and Engagement: University Museums for the 21st Century is a joint publication by the University Museums Group (UMG) and University Museums in Scotland. 

The report covers university museums' work in the UK higher education sector and their contribution to the public profile of universities across the UK. 

“We hope this report provides a valuable perspective on the great potential of university museums to enhance the quality and vitality of high education in challenging economic times,” said UMG joint chairwoman Sally MacDonald,who is the director of UCL Museums and Public Engagement. 

Kate Arnold Forster, joint UMG chairwoman and the head of University Museums and Collections at the University of Reading, said: “This report celebrates the exceptional contribution that university museums make to the quality and impact of academic research, to teaching and the student experience, to the profile of universities nationally and internationally as well as their economic and social contributions as visitor attractions and cultural destinations.” 

University museums hold 30% of nationally significant collections but constitute only 4% of England and Wales’ museums. In Scotland, three university museums alone hold 14% of nationally significant collections. 

The report also shows how university museums leverage funding, and bring in money from outside the higher-education sector. 

Click here to read the report







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