Annual Survey of Museums 2016-17 Front CoverEach year we undertake a survey that asks museums within the Accreditation scheme to provide core data on their visit numbers, educational engagement, financial operations and workforce.

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The purpose of the survey is to help demonstrate the social and economic value of museums across the South West both locally and regionally. It also provides a tool to suppose museums benchmarking their performance.

This data enables us to monitor the impact of Arts Council England investment in the museum and heritage sector in the South West and to advocate to funding bodies and government to sustain investment in the sector.

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