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1,600 responses to Museums Review call for evidence

More than 1,600 people responded to the call for evidence in the Museums Review - the first government review of the sector in over a decade.


The online survey was open for 7 weeks and received responses from museums, sector bodies and members of the public. Over 30 submissions were also sent in from a range of industry experts, museums, charities, funding bodies and other organisations.

The review, which was launched in September 2016, will give a deeper understanding of the sector and how it can best be supported by government.

Lead reviewer Neil Mendoza, a non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

I am delighted so many people have contributed to this call for evidence.

Their extensive knowledge and experience have been invaluable to us and will enable us to make insightful and practical recommendations for the benefit of the whole sector.

The Museums Review team has also travelled across the country to meet the people responsible for over 150 museums, as well as sector bodies and funders. The team has also received new research and data from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, in addition to a state of the nation report from sector expert Simon Thurley.

The Museums Review team is now analysing the evidence that has been collected, which will inform the lines of inquiry for the next stage of the review.

Please visit Neil Mendoza’s blog on the Museums Review call for evidence, for more information on the process and next steps.

Published 1 December 2016