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Museums and Galleries

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many educational visits have been made to publicly funded museums in each region in each year since 1997. (263144)

Figures are not available for all museums. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council advises that regional figures for museum visits specifically in regard to the Renaissance programme 2002-08 are as follows.

Table 1: Number of educational visits to Renaissance hub museums

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

North West

62,175

61,750

68,456

78,669

81,456

71,397

North East

92,033

102,821

115,180

115,053

111,780

125,891

Yorkshire and Humberside

110,299

104,318

96,165

96,479

109,792

111,872

West Midlands

116,599

133,618

157,202

157,780

156,132

141,422

East Midlands

114,216

111,278

94,027

89,889

87,691

93,953

East of England

50,310

50,744

56,233

63,814

67,462

81,341

South West

36,976

56,262

62,646

57,133

54,175

59,123

South East

24,650

60,834

105,555

98,743

110,336

115,732

London

69,322

81,181

87,782

78,558

84,905

95,351

Total

676,580

762,806

843,246

836,118

863,729

896,082

Since 2001-02, 181 of DCMS's sponsored museums have collected figures measuring the number of children aged 16 and under attending on and off-site organised educational sessions. DCMS cannot disaggregate the data by region, to provide a regional breakdown, because some institutions who have branches across different parts of the country provide a single return for the organisation. The figures are as follows:

Table 2

Number

2001-02

1,705,634

2002-03

2,256,386

2003-04

2,270,448

2004-05

2,785,155

2005-06

2,722,094

2006-07

2,894,499

2007-08

3,525,037

1 British Museum, Geffrye Museum, Horniman Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of London, Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, National Museum of Science and Industry, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, Royal Armouries, Sir John Soaneā€™s Museum, Tate Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums Service, Victoria and Albert Museum and Wallace Collection.