Thank you to everyone who took part in the Annual Museum Survey 2020.
164 museums in the South East took part and submitted visitor and operational data for the period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.
This year the survey results are more important than ever as we gain insights on the museum sector in the south east just before the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt. The data provides an important baseline from which the impact of closure and the gradual phased reopening of museums across 2020-21 can be better understood.
Please browse a fully interactive copy of the Annual Museum Survey 2020 Report in the next section, or you can download a PDF copy below.
You will also find some further resources for you to use in your advocacy and benchmarking work below the report.
Annual Museum Survey Resources
We have provided snapshot data on each sub-region within the south east extracted from the 2020 report. On these PDF documents you will find data on the economic impact, visitor numbers and the workforces of museums in each sub-region, extracted and weighted from the full Annual Museum Survey data from the south east.
We have also created some infographics based on data from the report which you are welcome to download and use for your own communications and reporting.
We will be adding more infographics over time, please do get in touch if we can produce content which would support you and your museum.
If you would like further detail on your museum’s Annual Museum Survey submission or on any other aspect of the 2020 report please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of the Annual Museum Survey
Museum Development regions across the UK run the Annual Museum Survey to collect data about visitors, the workforce and financial operations in museums that are accredited or formally working towards accreditation. This information helps us build a picture of the museum sector locally and nationally. Museums can use the annual report to support evidence-based planning, benchmarking and advocacy.
Data and privacy statements
We commissioned our colleagues at South West Museum Development (Bristol City Council) to operate as the Data Processor of the Annual Museum Survey 2020. Your survey responses were stored and processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (2018).
Data sharing and open source data
Reports based on this survey will be published widely and made available on this webpage and other regional Museum Development providers. Data provided via the survey will be combined with those of other museums to produce publicly available reports. The data will support sector advocacy, inform Museum Development business planning and sector wide strategic planning.
The dataset will be published as open source data in 2022 to support further research. The aggregate data set generated by the survey in 2020 will be shared with our main funders, Arts Council England.
The dataset will be published as open source data on Museum Development websites from January 2022 – approximately one year after regional reports are published to support further research. The datasets will not include financial information or any personal information generated by the survey process. The aggregate data set generated by the survey in 2020 will be shared with our main funders, Arts Council England.