Museum Development England has published the 2020 Museum Survey.

The purpose of the Annual Museum Survey 2020 is to gather evidence to help demonstrate the social and economic important of non-national museums (which are participating in the UK Museum Accreditation Scheme) to funders and stakeholders – locally, regionally and nationally. The data, which is focused on core operational reporting around audiences, finances and workforce, is used alongside data sets of other museums, e.g. National museums, to gain an understanding of the whole sector.

The Annual Museum Survey includes data from independent, local authority, university and English Heritage museums. The scope of the survey should be considered when interpreting the findings in this report. Where sample sizes allow, this report provides analysis by governance type such as independent or local authority.

The Annual Museum Survey 2020 collects data from the time frame 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020. The impact of Covid-19 and the resulting closure of museums to the public falls outside the scope of data gathered. However, as the surveying period was 24 July to 18 October, the sections of the survey which allow for open text provide a powerful early insight into the impact of subsequent government instructions for closure.

You are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format as well as to adapt and build upon the material. If you use the information shown in this report you must give appropriate credit by referencing the source of the data as ‘Annual Museum Survey 2020 produced by South West Museum Development on behalf of Museum Development England’.