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Library visits
2004-05
Total no.
1999-2000
Total no.
Public libraries
339,676,392
331,233,653
per head population
5.7
5.6
Academic libraries
122,342,570
120,369,312
visits per FTE student
73.2
78.9
National    
Source: Public - CIPFAc/LISU database; Academic - SCONUL
Table updated Aug 07
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Archive visits
  2004-05 1999-2000
Local Authority archives
880,955 (1)
787,751 (2)
Attendance at lectures
95,828 (1)
71,204 (2)
The National Archives (3)
103,527
93,177
Source: CIPFAa, 2006, 2001; TNA
(1) Great Britain
(2) England and Wales
(3) Excludes visits to the Family Records Centre
Table updated Aug 07
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Museum visits
 
2004-05
1999-2000
Source
Local Authority museums (E&W)
24.4m
22.4m
CIPFAb 2006, 2001
Average visits per person
0.46
 
DCMS sponsored museums (1)
36.1m
24.2m
DCMS
All museums (England, 2005 & 2000)
53.7m
48.4m
VisitBritain, 2006a, 2006b
Average visits per visitor to all museums (England)  (2)
MORI
Average repeat visits (England) (3)
4.5
Ipsos MORI, 2005
Total repeat visits to DCMS museums
17.9m
11.5m
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) 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 2005
British Museum
4,536,064
National Gallery
4,202,020
Tate Modern
3,902,017
Natural History Museum
3,078,346
Science Museum
2,019,940
Victoria and Albert Museum
1,920,200
Tate Britain
1,738,520
National Portrait Gallery
1,539,766
Royal Observatory
848,670
National Railway Museum, Yorkshire
769,445
Source: VisitBritain, 2006a
Table updated Sep 06
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