Visitor numbers provide some sense of the scale of a museum’s operations. If a museum has a large collection of priceless artefacts, occupies an impressive building, has professional curators and conservators, a nice café, and offers activities to its audiences, then it is unlikely to attract a mere 2,000 visitors per year. Conversely, if a […]
Two Years On: An Update
The Mapping Museums project is coming to the end of its second year. To mark the half way point of the research, this blog provides a brief update on some of the work so far. Finalising the data Early this year, Dr Jamie Larkin, the researcher, completed the main phase of data collection. We are […]
Modelling Patchy Data
How do researchers manage when they have missing data? One of the initial aims of the Mapping Museums project was to establish an authoritative dataset of all the museums open between 1960 and 2020, and to record information on their location, governance, accreditation status, subject matter, opening and closing dates, and visitor numbers. Having this […]
Historic Buildings: In or Out of the Surveys?
In the process of compiling a list of all museums in the UK from 1960 until 2020, the Mapping Museums team have collected data from previous surveys and sources. As I discussed in previous blog posts, we found that surveys had excluded art galleries without collections, and to a large extent, unaccredited museums. Historic buildings […]
Participate in our web application evaluation sessions!
Can you help us to evaluate the Mapping Museums web application? Mapping Museums is a large-scale research project that is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It aims at documenting at analysing the development of the museum sector between 1960 and 2020. So far, the team has collected a rich range of data on approximately […]
Unknown Opening Dates – Museums
Can you help us with opening and/or closing dates for the museums listed below? The Mapping Museums research team have compiled data on around 4,000 UK museums, but we’re missing crucial information about the opening and closing dates of a few venues. We know that these venues existed, but sometimes have little more than a […]
Unknown Opening Dates – Historic Houses
The historic houses listed below are all open to the public; however, we don’t know when they opened to the public. Can you help us? If so, do please get in touch with the project director, Professor Fiona Candlin on firstname.lastname@example.org. Name of museum Town or City Postcode Year open? Status ACTON COURT Bristol BS37 […]