Museums as a catalyst for regeneration

Museums as a catalyst for regeneration

By Museums Association


Museums are now playing a role in community development and are increasingly becoming a catalyst for regeneration. They have become places that bring together different community groups, develop skills and address social issues. Somewhere the community can have a voice through collections relevant to them. This document brings together research from the likes of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, Demos, National Museum Directors Conference, Heritage Link, English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund to give an overview of the value of Museums to communities.

Museums support regeneration and the development of the local economy:

  • “Culture is at the heart of public places and museums can help raise the profile and quality of life in urban centres”
  • The museum sector is supporting a large workforce. There are around 2000 museums in England, employing over 27,600 people, with over 4300 employed in local authority museums
  • Over 100,000 people in the UK (94,000 in England and Wales) volunteer at independent museums, with 20,000 volunteering regularly, providing the equivalent of 6,470 full time employees or £108 million of independent museum’s resources
Resource type: Research | Published: 2013