Going Public

After three-and-a-half years of intense research and development we will be publishing the Mapping Museums project on Tuesday 17th March 2020. To mark the event we will be having a panel discussion and a drinks reception at the London Transport Museum.

Tickets are free but places are limited. Please book your seat at:

We are delighted to welcome four senior museum professionals to discuss the Mapping Museums database and findings, and the implications for the UK museums sector.


Maggie Appleton, President of the Museums Association and CEO of the Royal Airforce Museum.  

Fiona Candlin, Director of the Mapping Museums research project.

Andrew Lovett, Vice Chair of the Association of Independent Museums, and CEO of the Black Country Living Museum.

Fiona Talbot, Head of Museums Archives Libraries Policy, The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Chair: Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England. 

From March 17th the following will be available at:

  • A database containing information on over 4,000 museums. This data can be browsed, searched, and visualised, and is free to use under the terms of the Creative Commons (BY) license.
  • A website that houses the database and web application, and resources linked to the project. These include a glossary, detailed information on research methods, transcripts of interviews with museum founders, podcasts, and links to the project publications. 
  • ‘Mapping Museums 1960-2020: a report on the data’. A report outlining growth and closure according to governance, subject matter, size, accreditation, and location. Available online and in hardcopy.

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