Museums Survey

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 28.09.2016
Complete our UK-wide survey on the current state of the museum sector
The Museums Association (MA) has launched a new UK-wide survey of museums.
The Museums Survey, which replaces the MA’s long-running Cuts Survey, is a joint project with the Museum Development Network in England and partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK.  

The survey comes at an important moment for museums, with a wide range of sector reviews ongoing across the UK.

The data it provides will be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA and museum development teams, including contributing to the Museums Review in England, museum strategy in Wales and upcoming rounds of budget-setting in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The survey is short and will be easy to complete by a member of staff with a good overview of their museum’s work.
The questions cover: type of museum; visitor numbers and engagement; museum finances; volunteers and staff; education work; and challenges and opportunities for the future.
The MA’s policy officer Alistair Brown said: “Filling in this survey is one of the best ways that a museum can contribute to regional and national advocacy efforts.
“The data from this survey helps us to send a clear message to policy-makers about the valuable work that museums do and the challenges and opportunities that the sector faces. We’re really excited to be working jointly with the Museum Development Network in England – it makes sense for us to work together for the benefit of the sector.”

Tom Newman of the South West Museum Development programme said: “By working together on the Museums Survey, the Museum Development Network and the MA aim to establish a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the museum sector.  

“The information gathered through the survey will be vital in supporting more effective advocacy for museums at regional and national levels and in demonstrating their importance to local communities.”

The deadline for responses is the 28th October 2016.


Click here to respond to the Museums Survey