Tagged: Report

Why Collect? A report on museum collecting today by historian Sir David Cannadine

The publication was commissioned by Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation to mark 40 years of collaboration in helping to bring a wide range of art and other objects into public museum collections.

The report was undertaken to investigate how, why, and on what scale, publicly funded museums and galleries continue to expand their collections. Above all, it calls for further investment in museums to help them fulfil their core purposes: to develop, care for, and share these collections with a broad public. The accompanying case studies explore the impact of specific acquisitions on a number of museums and their audiences.

Download the full report here.


Museum Taskforce Report Calls for More Consistent Funding Levels

Museums need “long-term strategic investment and consistent levels of funding” in order to carry out their work effectively, a report published today by the Museums Taskforce has argued.

The taskforce was convened by the Museums Association (MA) in summer 2016 “in response to the increasingly difficult financial situation that many museums in the UK face”. Chaired by Laura Pye, the head of culture for Bristol City Council, it comprised 15 senior museum professionals representing all four UK nations.

Its aim was to “provide an independent voice to advocate for museums across the UK, using research and evidence to make the case to funders, politicians, stakeholders and the public”.

The report makes a series of recommendations for museums as well as governments and other stakeholders, focusing on funding, collections and relevance – three areas that the taskforce says are “critical for the future of the sector”.

Fore more details and the full report visit the Museums Association’s website.

New Brexit reports show English culture organisations receive £40m from EU each year

Two new reports have been released today revealing further details about the exposure of cultural organisations in England to markets in the European Union and elsewhere.

EUCLID’s report assesses the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums and creative industries in England. It found £345m was awarded between 2007-16, equating to £40m each year.

Separately, ICM conducted a survey of 992 arts and culture organisations to understand the impact of EU exit on their businesses. The survey offers new detail on issues including:

  • 64% of organisations currently work inside the European Union, with ‘touring exhibitions’ and ‘sending UK artists abroad’ being the most popular types of activity
  • 40% need to regularly move equipment and objects between the UK and the EU
  • Nearly half believe it is important to their organisation that both EU and UK citizens can work at short notice in either jurisdiction for short periods
  • A third of organisations employ EU nationals, however this rises to over half in art forms such as Dance
  • The vast majority (89%) of organisations reported that artistic development was the most important reason for working across borders

ICM’s report also highlights a number of case studies showing how these issues affect organisations. For example:

  • The level of artistic exchange in workshops and discussions, in addition to attendance at a range of performances at London International Mime Festival has led to the festival featuring on the syllabuses of European and U.S. colleges
  • Around 70% of Akram Khan Company’s income is earned commercially, and almost all of this is from international work
  • Around 60-70% of Manchester International Festival’s work relies on cross border relationships. Either through commissioning relationships, or working with international creatives, crew and artists.
  • Much of the money for 1927’s critically acclaimed play Golem came from the Salzburg Festival and the Theatre de la Ville in Paris. International co-production and touring is a vital part of their business model

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman of Arts Council England said: “These reports give us valuable data on what culture organisations need to thrive as we reframe our trading relationships with Europe and the world. Culture has always made a key contribution to our soft power, making friends and building dialogue, and supports our growing creative industries. It is clear that the artistic exchange that comes from international collaboration plays an important role in this success. The Arts Council will continue to work with Government and commissioning research where it is needed to inform the negotiation process.”

Download the reports here:
ICM survey – Impact of Brexit on the arts and culture sector

EUCLID report – Assessing the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums & creative industries in England 2007-2016

Economic contribution of arts and culture Reports

Arts Council England have commissioned two new independent reports which highlight significant economic growth in arts and culture.

Contribution of the arts and culture industry to the UK economy

This report is an update of the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s (Cebr) 2015 study, on behalf of Arts Council England, on the contribution made by the arts and culture industry to the UK’s national and regional economies.

The report includes new figures that show;

  • New figures show the arts and culture industry has grown 10% in a year, and now contributes £8.5bn to the UK economy. More than double that of the Premier League.
  • There were £5.2bn exports of arts and culture goods and services in 2013, more than 3 times that of UK film sector. With 84% going outside the EU.
  • Culture pays £2.6bn in taxes, £5 for every £1 of public funding.

To download the reports please click here.

The Story of Us: Heritage and communities

An enquiry by Esme Ward, Clore Fellow 2016-17. 

Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement at the Whitworth and Manchester Museum conducted her placement on the Clore Fellowship with the Strategy and Business Development Team at HLF. She examined how HLF could change its funding approach to support communities to catalyse new heritage activity.

The Story of Us: Heritage and communities seeks to support and influence HLF’s next strategic framework and contribute to the wider institutional and sector-facing conversation about the role, value and future of heritage within communities.

The research involved interviews with community leaders, practitioners and thinkers, and highlights case studies from other sectors and funders. There are three main findings and associated propositions for change:

1. Be more relational

It calls for a more relational approach to help HLF be more inclusive. It proposes that HLF develop a relational approach to grant-giving which supports ideas within communities, even if not fully formed. It also describes how small amounts of money can make a big difference and that application processes should be simplified.

2, Focus on the local

Increasingly in UK there is an interest in place-based investment and local decision making. This research explores the implications of this and argues that it is time for ambitious thinking at HLF about ‘localism’ and place-based funding.

3. Find and support powerhouse people

Mavericks, visionaries, activists and “powerhouse people” drive communities and organisations forward. The report profiles their impact and explores how HLF might better support them and brings together a list of people shaping the future of heritage. The report profiles heritage as a progressive force within society, draws upon a diversity of thinking and experience, in wider recognition that HLF’s work is as much about our future selves as the past.

For the full report click here.

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has undertaken a major Inquiry into the role of the arts and culture in health and wellbeing. The Inquiry yielded a substantial report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – providing evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.1 Creative Health recommends that an individual is designated to take strategic responsibility for the pursuit of institutional policy for arts, health and wellbeing within each local authority. This can be through an existing role or a new one.

To see the full report click here.

Society for Museum Archaeology: Museums Collecting Archaeology Report

(Are Museums Running out of Staff, Space and Time?)

For a number of years Historic England has supported the gathering of information on local authority staffing levels in planning and Historic Environment Record (HER) services but there has been no concomitant survey of museums, despite such institutions supporting archaeological project work through the curation of archive material.

The first of three annual reports commissioned by Historic England and produced by the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) has now been released, using quantitative and qualitative data gathered by online survey from 200 respondents in England that represent museums which collect or hold archaeological material.

The report is available to download from the SMA website here. Any questions or feedback relating to the report can be directed to the SMA via their website here.

State of Museum Access Report

VocalEyes has published the State of Museum Access Report 2016, which shares the results of an audit they did of the websites of all 1600 accredited UK Museums. The report highlights that many museums website access information, for blind and partially sighted people, consists of a solitary message welcoming guide dogs. For every guide dogs owner in the UK, there are around 75 other registered blind or partially sighted people who do not use a guide dog, and for whom information about the resources and events at the museum would be welcome, and indeed a prerequisite for a visit: evidence shows that online access information is a key factor in the decision-making process for disabled visitors, and that many will not visit if access information is absent.

Some key figures from the report:

  • 27% of museums provide no access information on their website for disabled visitors planning a visit
  • Only 30% of museums provide information on their website that would be useful for a blind or partially-sighted person planning a visit
  • Only 18% of museums publicise labels or information for their exhibits in Large Print
  • Only 10% of museums publicise live audio-described tours / handling sessions for blind and partially sighted visitors
  • Only 5% are taking advantage of websites that provide detailed access audits such as DisabledGo.com and Euan’s Guide.

The Report breaks the data down for Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and the English regions, as well as for categories of museum (independent, local authority, university, military, national museums, and heritage sites). 

The report and accompanying guidelines to help museums improve their access information, and ensure their web, digital marketing and social media is accessible, can be found at


Character Matters: Attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum Workforce

From Arts Council England:

In December 2015, BOP Consulting with The Museum Consultancy were commissioned by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland, along with the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums to undertake research on the attitudes, behaviours and skills needed by the museum workforce over the immediate future.

For the full report please visit the report site and for the Executive Summary please click here.

MDNW Annual Report 2015-16

Museum Development North are delighted to release our Annual Report for 2015-16

This report details the investment and delivery of the Museum Development North West programme in 2015-2016. It shows the impact of the work of the MDNW team in the museums sector across the five counties of the North West. Museum Development is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) over three years. 2015-16 is year one of a three year funded cycle.

The report can be found here MDNW annual report 2015-16