Minister highlights AIM impacts research

Minister for Culture highlights recent DC Research findings in his AIM Conference speech

DC Research’s report on the Economic Value of Independent Museums, was highlighted by the Minister for Culture in a keynote speech. Paul Barnes, head of museums at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, speaking on behalf of culture minister Ed Vaizey, highlighted the findings at the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Conference, held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 16th June 2011:

“You all know that independent museums have a powerful economic impact and contribute significantly to tourism and economic regeneration. The Association of Independent Museums in fact estimates that the total annual economic impact of independent museums is at least £610million and possibly as high as £930million. With over nine million visitors a year, these are astonishing figures which show that these museums are a vital part of our cultural economy.

In a time of reduced public spending and the pressing need to reduce our budget deficit at central and local government level, independent museums show us how great art and culture can exist alongside, and be improved by, a commercial focus and community input”.

For the full speech, see http://www.museumsassociation.org/news/22062011-independents-lead-the-way-in-entrepreneurship

The value of the study to independent museums was also highlighted by Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard and the outgoing Chair of AIM, who said that “..the invaluable Economic Value Toolkit which has provided a powerful and easy to use tool in highlighting evidence about the economic value provided by individual independent museums in their locality, so valuable when making the case to local authorities and other partners”.

For the full research report, executive summary and toolkit click here.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Durnin.

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A founding Director of DC Research, Jonathan brings 23 years of academic, policy development and consultancy experience as a research economist, evaluator and project manager to the business. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.

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