Published in February 2015, this report presents a national analysis of the economic impact of museums sector in the UK. It caught our eye because of the detailed explanations of how direct and indirect impacts are calculated. The approach built on the methodology used in The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy 2013 by Arts Council England. This report encompasses the full range of museum types operating across England.
To date, existing research on the impact of museums has tended to focus heavily on social and learning impact(s) rather than economic. Economic research has been undertaken, but this tended either to consider impact at a local level, or deliver national estimates on the size and shape of the sector combining museums with archives and libraries.