Arts Council England - Mapping Museum Data in England

Arts Council England commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’.

The scoping study aimed to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector.The research included both the mapping of existing data collection, as well as identifying issues with data collection and making recommendations for future data collection and indicators.

The three main aims of the study were to:

Understand what data is currently collected.

Understand issues and perspectives on the data.

Identify examples of good practice.

The study involved a range of one-to-one consultations and group discussions with key museum sector stakeholders as well as a survey of museums.The results and recommendations from the study will be used to help inform a future project focussing on indicators of resilience within the museum sector, the light touch review of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK and the Museum Development programme for 2018-22.

The final report from the study is available at:


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