Art Fund research on the impact of collecting – share your experience

Do you manage a museum collection? To mark 40 years of partnership, The Wolfson Foundation and Art Fund are commissioning new research into the current state of collecting in UK museums. The findings will be published later this year in a report called Why Collect Now? A report on the impact of museum collecting in Britain, authored by Sir David Cannadine. The report aims to bring new thinking to the subject of museum collecting, and may help museums articulate how and why they build their collections.

The Art Fund is inviting colleagues from museums from around the country to share your valuable knowledge and experience of managing collections by taking part in a survey, developed by BOP Consulting, to feed into the report. It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed via

Thank you in advance for completing the survey by 25 July 2017.

Please note any information provided will be used in aggregate form only, or anonymised. The survey includes a question on the proportion of your organisation’s annual budget allocated to acquisitions, as well as your organisation’s collecting habits over the past 10 years. Where it’s not possible to provide precise numbers, please give your best estimate.  Please do pass this on to a colleague with responsibility for the collection if you don’t think you’ll be able to provide this information.

For more information contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager at Art Fund, via, 020 7225 4840.


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