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Museums and Galleries

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of visitors to museums in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England in 2009. (315028)

[holding answer February 2010]: My Department collects figures for visitor numbers for museums we fund either through our grant in aid programme or through our Renaissance in the Regions programme. We have no figures for museums in Lancashire.

Visits to museums in the North West and England in receipt of grant in aid or Renaissance funding are detailed in the table:

Areas that are funded by DCMS

Museums in receipt of funding through Renaissance in the regions January to September 2009

Sponsored museums 2009

North West total visits



England total visits



1 The museums included in the North West are: Manchester Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, and Whitworth Art Gallery.

2 Imperial War Musem North, Museum Of Science and Industry, National Museums Liverpoool, Tate Liverpool

Validated data for museums funded by Renaissance is only available up to September 2009. Data for the year will be available in March 2010.