Museums Association president David Anderson

MA publishes its Annual Report for 2012/13

Geraldine Kendall, 01.10.2013
Membership levels reach record high
The Museums Association (MA) has published its Annual Report for 2012/13.

The report shows that individual membership grew 10% and reached a record high of 6,003 members by the end of the last financial year.

Overall membership also reached its highest ever level, growing by 8% to 6,883 in 2012/13.

The MA continued its work as a policy leader and advocate for the UK museum sector throughout 2012/13. In this period, the association particularly focused on creating a clear vision for the future of museums through the Museums 2020 consultation and the follow-up Museums Change Lives report.

Over the year, the MA provided ethical guidance on areas of concern such as sale of collections and the disposal of rhino horn.

The association’s ethical work also benefited from research on the disposal of collections as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Fellowship.

The MA continued its work to promote the understanding and use of collections. The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is administered by the MA, awarded £800,000 in grants to collections-focused projects in 2012/13.

With funding from Arts Council England, the Welsh Government and Museums Galleries Scotland, the MA relaunched the Monument Fellowships programme to capture the collections knowledge of retired museum professionals. 14 Fellows were recruited in 2012/13.

The association continued to provide intelligence about funding cuts and the impact of government policies through its annual cuts survey and other campaigns.

Website use and circulation of the MA’s publications also increased. Museums Journal reached over 7,696 subscribers in 2012/13, while unique website visitors rose by 33% to an average of 40,000 a month.

The MA improved its financial position by delivering a significant trading surplus and through the sale of its former premises last year.

In a foreword to the annual report, the MA’s president David Anderson said: “I have lived and worked in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom. One of the great strengths of the MA is that it represents each of them…

“Over the next year I aim to lead the MA to raise the profile of the sector, campaign against the cuts, and fight for social justice and the protection of services for the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Click here for the Annual Report 2012/13 (pdf)

The Annual Report also includes the agenda for the 2013 AGM in Liverpool on 11 November, which all individual MA members are entitled to attend. If you would like to download the agenda as a separate document, click here (pdf).