Visits to British museums and galleries have dramatically declined

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21st February 2017 15:14 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

Visits to British museums and galleries have dramatically declined: A recent research report by the government body, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, has revealed that the amount of visitors to the key museums and galleries in the United Kingdom plummeted by almost 1.4 million in 2016, which represents the first fall in almost 10 years.Visits to British museums and galleries has dramatically declined

The report also said that between April 2015 and April 2016, 47.6 million people visited the institutions that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport sponsors, namely the British Museum, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum. This figure represents a decline from the 49 million people who visited said museums in the previous 12 months (April 2014 to April 2015).

According to the findings, one of the most notable decline was in the amount of young people visited the above museums for educational reasons. The percentage fell by more than 6 per cent from the year prior.

The decreasing footfall of visitors to museums and galleries has been attributed to security and terrorism fears by the Museums Association. As well as this, the Association said that a possible lack of large-scale exhibitions on the level of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s David Bowie show could also be to blame for the fall.

The biggest fall in visitors was seen by the Tate galleries, which includes Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool. The Tate experienced a decline from 7.9 million to 6.7 million, which resulted in the British Museum being crowned as the most popular institution, having attracted 6.9 million visitors in 2016.

The Museums Association said that it was disheartening that the biggest decrease was seen in educational visits and school groups, with the report findings that there has been a 6.9 per cent decline in under 18s being taken on a school trip and taking part in educational activities and workshops in galleries and museums.

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