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Library visits
2005-06
Total no.
2000-01
Total no.
Public libraries
342,168,484
323,916,386
per head population
5.7
5.4
Academic libraries
119,978,000
119,242,000
visits per FTE student
70.1
77.3
National
Source: Public - CIPFAc; Academic - SCONUL
Table updated Aug 07
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Archive visits
  2005-06 (GB) 2000-01 (E&W)
Local Authority archives ¹
893,962
833,266
Attendance at lectures
162,454
69,178
The National Archives ²
108,538
101,090
Source: CIPFAa 2007, 2002; TNA
¹ Grossed totals
² Excludes visits to the Family Records Centre
Table updated Oct 07
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Museum visits
 
2005-06
2000-01
Source
Local Authority museums (E&W)
n/k
22.4
CIPFAb 2002
Average visits per person
n/k
 
DCMS sponsored museums (1)
34.0m
28.9m
DCMS
Index of trends in visits to all museums (England)
113
100
VisitBritain, 2005a
Average visits per visitor to all museums (2)
6.4
Ipsos MORI, 2006
% of adults visiting at least one museum in the last 12 months
42.8%
DCMS Taking Part, 2006
In the last 12 months, % adults visiting a museum:      
At least once per month
3.1%
DCMS Taking Part, 2006
Less often, but at least 3-4 times per year
13.1%
DCMS Taking Part, 2006
1-2 times per year
26.5%
DCMS Taking Part, 2006
Not at all
57.2%
DCMS Taking Part, 2006
Average repeat visits (3)
4.5
Ipsos MORI, 2006
Total repeat visits to DCMS museums
16.8m
14.3m
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 any museums or art galleries(within and outside the UK), other than 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 2006
Tate Modern
4,915,376
British Museum
4,837,878
National Gallery
4,562,471
Natural History Museum
3,754,496
Science Museum
2,440,253
Victoria & Albert Museum
2,372,919
National Portrait Gallery
1,601,448
Tate Britain
1,597,359
National Railway Museum, Yorkshire
902,149
The Lowry
850,000
Source: VisitBritain, 2007a
Table updated Oct 07
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