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Libraries, Archives, Museums and Publishing Online Statistics Tables

   
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Public library members
  2003-04 1998-99
Population
59,574,400
59,234,700
Public library members *
34,553,152
34,356,126
* Figure based on an estimate of 58% of the population holding a library card.
Table updated Dec 05
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Adult users' views of public libraries 2003-04
  Very good Good Adequate Poor Very poor
Books and other materials
29.5%
46.1%
20.9%
3.2%
0.4%
Hours of opening
29.5%
42.8%
22.5%
4.5%
0.7%
Overall
49.4%
43.4%
6.7%
0.4%
0.1%
Source: CIPFAe
Table updated Dec 05
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Status of adult users of public libraries 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAc
The total is higher than 100% because respondents were able to select more than one option.
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Age of adult users of public libraries 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAe
Survey of adult library users only
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Gender of adult users of public libraries 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAe
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Gender of child users of public libraries 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAd
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Child users having own
library card 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAd
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Age of child users of public libraries 2003-04
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Source: CIPFAd
The survey relates to users up to age 16. As a result, not all data have been included and the total % of respondents is less than 100.
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Visitors to archives by age
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Source: PSQG Survey, 2004
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Analysis of visitors to archives
Proportion male/female
59.9% / 40.1%
Proportion researching family history
58.9%
Source: PSQG Survey, 2004
Table updated Dec 05
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Dwell time of visitors to archives
Up to 1 hr
7.8%
1-2 hrs
14.0%
2-3 hrs
18.0%
3-5 hrs
27.7%
5hrs +
32.5%
Source: PSQG, 2004
Table updated Dec 05
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Main purpose in visiting an archives service
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Source: PSQG Survey, 2004
Graph updated Dec 05
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Museum visitors in England 2003-04
  Source
Proportion of visitors:
male 43%
female 56%
MORI, 2005
 
adult 70%
   child 30%
VisitBritain, 2005b
to DCMS museums
adult 76%
   child 24%
DCMS
Proportion of overseas visitors:
19%
VisitBritain, 2005b
to DCMS museums
33%
DCMS
Table updated Apr 06
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Breakdown of GB museum visitors
by social grade 2004
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Source: MORI, 2005
Social Class Occupation of Chief Income Earner
A Upper Middle Class Higher managerial, administrative or professional
B Middle Class Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional
C1 Lower Middle Class Supervisor, clerical, junior managerial, admin or professional
C2 Skilled Working Class Skilled manual workers
D Working Class Semi and unskilled manual workers
E Lowest subsistence State pensioners and unwaged

Source: MORI, 2004
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Museum visitors in Great Britain - age profile
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Source: TGI, 2003-04 data
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Percentage of adults visiting museums in the last 12 months, by age (GB, 2004)
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Source: TGI, 2003-04 data
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Museum visitors in Great Britain by terminal education age
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Source: TGI
Terminal education age is the age at finishing full-time education.
The 19+ category includes those still studying.
Percentages may not add up to 100% owing to rounding.
Graph updated Dec 05
Museum visitors in Great Britain by household type
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Source: TGI, 2003-04 data
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Percentage of adults in England visiting museums
by socio-economic status (2003)
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Source: Arts Council England, 2004
Professional - includes managerial posts
Small employers - includes own account workers
Technical - includes low supervisory roles
Routine - Includes semi-routine workers
Unemployed - Long-term unemployed and those who have never worked
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Museum visits in Great Britain (2004)
Main circumstances for visiting museums/galleries
%
visitors
Special exhibition/event of interest
49
Whilst on holiday in UK
48
Whilst on holiday abroad
38
Main factors in encouraging visits
General interest
35
Been before and wanted to come again
28
Interest in particular temporary exhibition
26
Main reasons for not visiting museums/galleries
%
non-visitors
No time/opportunity
32
Not interested
22
Nothing particularly want to see
19
Source: MORI, 2004
Table updated Dec 05
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