Independent museums worth £28m a year

The United Kingdom’s unsubsidised museum sector is earning the Exchequer more than £28m a year, drawing over 24m visitors.

The figures come in a new Arts Council of England funded report by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), in partnership with DC Research and Durnin Research  (Economic Impact of the Independent Museum Sector), and show that independent museums contribute  greatly to local economies with the £440m their visitors spend.

Pictured is the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton in West Sussex, a leading independent museum

The sector supports almost 9,000 jobs across the UK, and more than 34,000 volunteers devote half a million days a year to independent museums, and the research indicates that the gross economic impact could be as much as £730m.

“The 2019 edition of AIM’s Economic Impact Toolkit builds on previous releases, updating key datasets and offering even more levels of analysis.

We feel this easy-to-use tool enables heritage organisations to assess their impact with clarity, helping them highlight the ongoing and significant contribution they make to the economies of their local area, and thus also our national economy. “

AIM also has an updated Economic Impact Toolkit, said its director Emma Chaplin. ““The 2019 edition of AIM’s Economic Impact Toolkit builds on previous releases, updating key datasets and offering even more levels of analysis” she said. “We feel this easy-to-use tool enables heritage organisations to assess their impact with clarity, helping them highlight the ongoing and significant contribution they make to the economies of their local area, and thus also our national economy”.

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