Demonstrating the social benefits of museums today: an evaluation of three local authority museums in Hampshire

Bousher, Verity (2011) Demonstrating the social benefits of museums today: an evaluation of three local authority museums in Hampshire. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Museums dedicated to the preservation of local, social history have existed since the 19th Century and continue to hold an esteemed place in the world of today. Despite this, the economic decline facing Britain has resulted in changes being made to the funding available to these institutions, thus threatening their continued existence.

    The hypothesis of this study was that “museums are beneficial to society” and the specific research objectives designed to gather data regarding this were: - to evaluate how far outreach programmes and events to integrate the community held by the museum can strengthen the sense of belonging within the local area; to assess the contribution made by local museums to revenue generation by providing tourist destinations for visitors and to assess how much importance political parties attach to museums in society.

    This study presents the results of interviews held with museum professionals and visitors to three museums within Hampshire regarding the way that they viewed these sites. Some visitors to the museums commented on the educational and social benefits, whilst others felt the profile of the area was improved by the presence of the museum. The museum professionals also highlighted benefits, whilst warning against further cuts to the services that are currently offered. This research helps to confirm the important role that museums play in society, and supports the case for continued investment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 11:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:52

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