Now in its 16th year, SHARE’s annual benchmarking survey is aimed at museums in the region who are Accredited or currently Working Towards Accreditation (or with ambitions to be so).
The information SHARE receives from your surveys helps them, me as the county lead for museums and you to demonstrate the social and economic impact and importance of museums and heritage sites both locally and regionally to funders and stakeholders, helping to sustain investment in our sector.
Your survey returns are hugely important, not only to support us in our advocacy but so SHARE can get a clear picture of your annual activities and support you better as your regional museum development provider.
From the 2016/17 survey we know that:
- there were more than 3,606,169 million visits to museums in the East of England region
- visits to museums contributed over £60 million to the regional economy
- there were more than 229,341 participants in learning activities provided by museums
- and 6,608 museum volunteers who contributed an incredible 812,366 hours to museums
- meaning that volunteer time was worth £5.8 million to museums
- museums also employed 915 paid staff
In tough economic times for museums every little helps, and your stats can help enormously!
The survey is short and will be easy to complete by a volunteer or member of staff with a good overview of their museum’s work. The questions cover visitor numbers and engagement; museum finances; volunteers and staff; educational work as well as challenges and opportunities for the future. The data that you provide should be for the period 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018.
If you are a multi-site, or a museum that hosts another Accredited collection within your museum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a bespoke survey form.
You can complete the survey online here. If you are unable to complete it all in one go then you can save and return to your answers at any time. Alternatively you can also complete this paper version and return it via email or post to me as your MDO. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 31st August 2018.
A partial return is better than no return! If you can’t answer all of the questions because you haven’t been collecting the data, please do what you can.
If you have any questions about completing the survey then you can get in touch with email@example.com