Visitors to English museums rose in the last decade, survey finds

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14th July 2015 10:39 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A recent survey by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that English people are visiting museums and Visitors to English museums rose in the last decade, survey findsgalleries more often than they did ten years ago, despite a fall in the amount in the last year.

Between April 2014 and March 2015, 52 per cent of adults visited a museum or gallery, which represents a fall of 1.1 percentage point in comparison with the year prior. However, it is still a significant increase from 10 years ago, when the total figure was 42.3 per cent.

The survey – entitled ‘Taking Part’ – found that 31 per cent of adults have visited a museum or gallery one or two times this year, in comparison with just 26 per cent 10 years ago. As well as this, the amount of people who visited three or four times a year rose from 13 per cent in 2005-2006, to 18 per cent in the last 12 months.

The research findings seem to suggest that efforts to get more people from low socio-economic backgrounds have reached a plateau, with the proportion of people within this demographic visiting galleries and museums, between 2014 and 2015, reaching a percentage of 38.9 per cent - just 0.1 per cent more than the year before and a decrease from the period between 2012 and 2013, which saw a proportion of 39.5 per cent visiting museums and galleries.

Despite decreasing slightly over time, this demographic has grown significantly, with just 28.3 per cent in 2005-2006.

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