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Cultural engagement in England on the increase

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Latest DCMS Taking Part Survey figures published for 2012/13, covering adults in England.

There has been an increase in the proportion of people who had visited a museum or gallery in the last year by adults in England according to the latest figures from the Taking Part Survey.

Compared to 2005/06 when the survey began, the proportion of people who had visited a museum or gallery in the last year has significantly increased from 42% to 53% in 2012/13 and represents a general upward trend since 2008/09.

Taking Part, a survey conducted by DCMS, Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England on engagement in heritage, the arts, libraries, archives and museums and galleries, has released its figures covering April 2012 to March 2013 which shows participation and attendance rates have been at their highest level since the Taking Part survey began in 2005/06.

There has also been an increase in the proportion of visits to museums and galleries and heritage sites by adults from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

Compared to 2005/06 when the survey began, the proportion of BME visits to museums and galleries increased from 35% to 45% in 2012/13. The proportion of BME visits to heritage sites increased from 51% in 2005/06 to 57% in 2012/13.

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