Annual Data Survey

Data Survey 2017-18

Deadline: the deadline to participate in the Annual Data Survey for 2017/18 has now passed.

For the third year we have been collecting data from across our region to help us get a clear picture of your annual activities and how we can support you better as your regional museum development provider. 

The information received from your surveys helps us – and you -  to demonstrate the social and economic impact and importance of museums and heritage sites both locally and regionally to funders and stakeholders, helping to sustain investment in the sector. 

A report containing the findings of the 2017/18 survey will be published here shortly.

The survey is carried out annually by the South West Museum Development team on behalf of MDNE. If you have any questions please contact museum.development@bristol.gov.uk.

Data Survey 2016-17

In 2017 we conducted our second Annual Data Survey of museums in the region. The purpose of the survey is to gather evidence to help demonstrate and prove the social and economic importance of museums both locally and regionally to funders and stakeholders.

It asked museums and heritage organisations across the region to provide core statistical data about their visitors, educational engagement, volunteers, staff and financial operations for the period 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017.  

The full report is available to view here

A data summary for volunteer-run museums can be found here.

Key findings

  • There were a total of 4,283,612 visits to museums in 2016/17
  • Visits to museums produced around £54.8m of gross visitor impacts.
  • There was at least £9m of direct, indirect and induced impacts as a result of spend on goods and services by museums.
  • There were at least 371 full time equivalent direct, indirect and induced jobs supported by museums.
  • There were 1,257 active volunteers.
  • Volunteers contributed a total of 159,450 hours to museums in the region.

The survey is carried out by the South West Museum Development team on behalf of MDNE. If you have any questions contact anna.mcnab@twmusuems.org.uk.

Data Survey 2015/16​

Key findings

  • There were a total of 4,438,945 visits to museums in 2015/16
  • Visits to museums produced around £53.8m of gross visitor impacts.
  • There was at least £21.9m of direct, indirect and induced impacts as a result of spend on goods and services by museums.
  • There were at least 841 full time equivalent direct, indirect and induced jobs supported by museums.
  • There were 2,256 active volunteers.
  • Volunteers contributed a total of 184,439 hours to museums in the region.
  • Volunteer time was worth £1.3 million to museums across the region.

Summary of Findings 2015/16

Sub-regional summary documents: