Research

Museum Development Programme Evaluation 2015/16

In 2016 we commissioned TBR to undertake an evaluation of the North East Museum Development Programme for the period April 2015 to November 2016 (as part of the 2015-18 programme).

Specifically, the evaluation aimed to address the following questions:

  • What has been the impact of museum development support on organisations?
  • How effective/relevant is the programme model?
  • What are the priorities of the North East museum sector for the next 5-10 years?

The resulting report can be downloaded here.

Economic Impact Study 2012/13

We commissioned an economic impact study of the NE museum sector in early 2014. The study was undertaken by ERS and demonstrates the economic contribution of the sector (65 museums) during 2012-13. Impact is illustrated at a regional level and also at a sub-regional level to show impact across County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne & Wear. The key findings were:

  • The museum sector’s total economic contribution to the North East was £45.4m supporting 1,218 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs
  • For every £1 of public money invested in the sector, there was a return of investment of £4.12
  • By attracting £7.6m visitor spend to the region, the sector directly created 126.2 jobs in the visitor economy sector
  • Over a quarter of a million NE residents participated in learning activities
  • 2,276 volunteers gave over 191,585 hours of their time to support the museum sector

The final report can be downloaded here. A separate summary of quantified impacts can be downloaded here.