About the Annual Museum Survey

We have devised a system to analyse baseline data on museums and present this in the form of our Annual Museum Survey. We are now commissioned to provide the Annual Museum Survey across the country, providing consistent data sets.

Each year we launch a survey, asking museums within the Accreditation scheme to provide core data on:

  • Workforce
  • Financial operations
  • Audiences
  • Insights related to the size of museum

This data helps to prove the social and economic value of museums, both locally and nationally. It also helps museums to benchmark their work.

By encouraging museums and heritage organisations to adopt a simple and uniform way of reporting their headline operational data, we have collated a dataset that will enable museums to compare and benchmark themselves anonymously and confidentially to others in the museum sector.

Our surveys allow us to monitor the impact of Arts Council England investment in the museum and heritage sector in the South West and beyond, and to advocate to funding bodies and government to sustain investment in the sector.

Annual Museum Survey 2022 now open

The Annual Museum Survey 2022 is now open. Find out more about the survey and how you can get involved.

The Annual Museum Survey 2021

The Annual Museum Survey 2021 reveals the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on 765 museums and their audiences, finances and workforce. It highlights the significant differences in how this impact has been felt across the sector, depending on key factors such as a museum’s region, or whether it is based in an urban or rural setting.

Read the national and regional reports below:

National Report

Read the interactive report below. Move your mouse over or click through tabs to view different analysis.

Having trouble viewing the interactive report? View the Annual Museum Survey 2021 in a separate tab, or contact us at [email protected] to access the report in an alternative format.

Regional Reports

Click on each region on the map to view the Annual Museum Survey 2021 for that region.

Having trouble viewing the interactive report? View the Regional Report Map in a separate tab, or contact us at [email protected] to access the report in an alternative format.

Previous Surveys

Read regional and national Annual Museum Survey reports from previous years.