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Libraries, Archives, Museums and Publishing Online Statistics Tables

   
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Number of libraries
 
2004-05
1999-00
Source
Public libraries
4,549
4,630
CIPFAc/LISU database
Academic libraries
846
778
SCONUL/LISU database
National libraries
6
6
 
Public libraries Figure is for public library service points (inc. mobile). Does not include service points in institutions.
 
Academic libraries Service points in higher education institutions.
 
Table updated Nov 06
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Number of archives in England by type (2005)
National
77
Local
492
University
279
Special
1,064
Business
52
Total
1,964
Source: ARCHON Directory, July 2005
Table updated July 05
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Number of museums in England by type (2005)
  Central Government funded
65
 
  Local Authority
608
 
  Government Agency
53
 
  of which, English Heritage
48
 
  Higher Education
93
 
  Independent (owned by charitable trusts)
855
 
  of which, National Trust
52
 
  Private
164
 
  Other
114
 
  Total
1,952
 
Source: Museums Association, 2006
The Museums Association agreed a definition for museums (to include art galleries) in 1998:
'Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.'
 
Categories are based on sub-domain breakdown used in the MLA report Overview of Data in the Museums, Libraries and Archives Sector :
Central Government funded Museums that receive core funding from central government. Includes 'nationals' and military museums.
Local Authority Museums that receive core funding from one or more local authorities. May be managed by the local authority, or by another organisation on its behalf.
Government Agency Museums that receive core funding from a government agency, e.g. English Heritage.
Higher Education Museums associated with the UK's universities, university departments or other higher education institutions.
Independent Museums that are managed outside the traditional frameworks of central or local government and which are owned by charitable trusts.
Private Museums owned by a private individual or for profit company.
Other Museums not included in the above categories and those which fall into more than one of the above categories.

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Museums in MLA Accreditation Scheme (2005)
Number of museums in MLA Accreditation Scheme
1,467
Source: MLA, 2005 (from website)
Details of the MLA Accreditation Scheme
Table updated Dec 05
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