United Kingdom

Information about the Museums Organisation
Museums Association



Foundation (Year): 1889


Members:

Museums/similar institutions: 580

Individuals: 5,430



Funding: Membership, advertising, events and training



Have the museums/your institution experienced budget cuts in connection with the financial crisis in the last two years?

Between 15% over 4 years for national museums and 28% over 4 years for local government



How do museums cope with the budget cuts?

Downsizing staff, cutting collection management and conservation, closing sites, reducing opening hours, sharing services with other museums, less exhibitions, and, where possible, generating more funds from commercial activities.



Number of museums in your country:

 

 

 

Local Authority

638

36%

Independent

764

43%

MOD Funded

63

4%

University

85

5%

English Heritage

36

2%

National Trust

141

8%

National Trust for Scotland

9

1%

National

59

3%

Total

1795

100%

 

 



Ownership of Museums:

State: 3%

Municipalities, communities: 43%

Private (foundations, associations, etc.): 54%

 


Other museum organisations:

Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
75 Western Way, Gosport,

Hampshire PO12 2NF
r.hornshaw@btinternet.com

www.museums.org.uk/aim

 



Museum magazine:

Museums Journal
A magazine featuring news, features and recruitment advertisement is published monthly by the
Museums Association,

24 Calvin Street,
UK-London E1 6NW
T: +44 20 7426 6920,

F: +44 20 7426 6962
info@museumsassociation.org

www.museumsassociation.org


Museum Practice
published on-line by the Museums Association



National Museum legislation and structure:

There is very little legislation specifically for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, particularly as museums are run by many types of governmental and non-governmental organisations. Central government runs many of the largest museums and most local authorities run museums within their areas.

 

 

(Update 16 December 2010)