Public wants public funding for museums – report

In the face of swingeing cuts to the resources of local, regional and national museums, a new survey shows that the public wants our museums to be supported by public funding.

And the survey commissioned by Art Fund and the National Museum Directors Council from YouGov has found that almost three-quarters of adults want councils to fund local museums whose grants an increasing number of local authorities is cutting.

The survey recorded that 89% think museums are important, and 47% think they should be funded mostly or entirely by government.  Just 3% thought they should be paid for by private investment and earnings.

Net current expenditure on museums and galleries by councils went down by 11% in real terms in the last year – from £206.27m in 2021/22 to £183.05m in 2022/23 – according to an Arts Council report in January.

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