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Museums and Galleries: Financial Sustainability - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe Labour 2:55 pm, 8th October 2019

Does the Minister share my view that the experience of visiting galleries and museums has changed quite radically in recent years since we saw the introduction and extension of the iPad and iPhones? Often when we try to see a picture we are surrounded by people taking selfies in front of it. It has changed completely from what it used to be. There is a great opportunity for museums and galleries to raise money from this. It is very simple indeed: nobody takes a camera in unless they pay a fee to do so. Could she try to run an experiment with a museum or a gallery to see how that works and just how much money could be raised?