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Museums and Galleries

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Doocey Baroness Doocey Chair, Finance Committee (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to implementing the recommendations of the report by the Museums Association Museums Taskforce: Report and Recommendations, published in March 2018, and in particular encouraging national museums to partner with regional institutions by loaning them national collections.

Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

In 2017 the government published the Mendoza Review of Museums in England. My department continues to work on implementing the recommendations of that review, which were aimed at creating an environment in which museums could flourish. As part of this work we have considered a number of more recent publications and reports regarding museums issues and my officials have met with the Museums Association to discuss their work.

In August last year, my department delivered on a key recommendation from the Mendoza Review by publishing the first annual National Museums Partnership Report. This report provides an overview of the partnerships of 17 national UK museums, revealing how museum partnerships benefit parties on both sides as well as audiences and wider society. Further data will be released this year, and in future iterations we are keen to reflect a more rounded picture including data on regional museum activity DCMS continues to work with the national museums, Arts Council England, and other partners to support collaborative working.

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