Museums Survey

The government’s 2017 Mendoza Review of the English museum sector highlighted the importance of accurate data to the health of the sector. All ACE-funded Museum Development programmes across England have been requested to conduct annual surveys to support a consistent approach to the collection of data across Accredited non-national museums in England. Over the coming years these surveys will provide a comprehensive understanding at both region and national level of the museum sector, to highlight trends and support benchmarking and advocacy.

2018 was the first year in which the survey was conducted across the 126 London non-national museums within the Museum Accreditation scheme. Within this first year the strongest, and therefore statistically most robust, return came from local authority museums. The 2018 Museums Survey Headlines therefore focus on this part of the London museums sector (PDF 3mb, opens in new tab). You can also download the full report, detailed findings of the 2018 survey (PDF 1mb, opens in new tab).

The Museum Survey Headlines paper was published at the London Museum Development conference on 13 March 2019. You can watch a video of Ben Travers speaking about the 2018 Survey and our findings at our recent conference.