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Libraries, Archives, Museums and Publishing Online Statistics Tables

   
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Library visits
2003-04
Total no.
1998-99
Total no.
Public libraries
336,983,749
344,416,141
per head population
5.7
5.8
Academic libraries
122,246,000
120,364,000
visits per FTE student
72
79
National
560,397
513,814
Source: Public - CIPFAc/LISU database; Academic - SCONUL
Table updated Dec 05
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Archive visits
  2003-04    1998-99   
Local Authority archives
850,136 (1)
779,823 (2)
Attendance at lectures
77,299 (1)
65,897 (2)
The National Archives (3)
103,957   
95,029   
Source: CIPFAa 2005, 2000; TNA
(1) Great Britain
(2) England and Wales
(3) Excludes visits to the Family Records Centre
Table updated Dec 05
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Museum visits
 
2003-04
1998-99
Source
Local Authority museums (E&W)
25.0m
21.3m
CIPFAb, 2005, 2000
Average visits per head population
0.48
0.41
 
DCMS sponsored museums (1)

35.0m

24.0m
DCMS
All museums (England, 2004, 1999)
56.5m
50.9m
VisitBritain, 2005a, 2005b
Average visits per visitor to all museums (England)  (2)
6.4
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MORI, 2005
% of adults visiting museums in last 12 months (England) (3)
37%
-
Arts Council England, 2004
Average repeat visits (England) (4)
4.7
-
MORI, 2005
Total repeat visits to DCMS museums
18.1m
11.3m
DCMS
(1) Excludes overseas visitors to Geffrye Museum and Royal Armouries.
See www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/museums_and_galleries/3383.aspx for a list of DCMS sponsored museums.
(2) This figure reflects the average number of visits to museums/art galleries, in addition to the museum/gallery where questioned.
(3) From survey undertaken between September 2003 and January 2004
(4) The average number of times a museum visitor visits the same museum in the year
Table updated Feb 09
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Top 10 most visited museums in England in 2004
National Gallery
4,959,946
British Museum
4,868,127
Tate Modern
4,441,225
Natural History Museum
3,240,344
Science Museum
2,154,366
Victoria and Albert Museum
2,010,825
National Portrait Gallery
1,516,402
Royal Observatory
868,390
National Railway Museum, Yorkshire
855,032
Imperial War Museum
754,597
Source: VisitBritain, 2005a
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