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HLF report shows overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy

Today’s report from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) reveals overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy.

Overseas visitor spend on heritage trips totalled £7.4billion in 2015 – 42% of the total £17.5bn spend made by visitors to heritage attractions, which also included domestic overnight visitors (£4.7bn/27%) and day trippers (£5.3bn/31%). Since the last time HLF carried out this analysis in 2013, total heritage visits have been stable but spending is up by 9% having been boosted by an 18% increase in international visits.

South west highlights

The report details the heritage sector’s tourism impact at a regional level, finding that the south west hosted 20.5 million people who spent £1.7bn (11% of all visits and 10% of all spend) and that visits to the regions are more evenly distributed and less dominated by London for domestic day visitors compared to all visitors. Read More…

Posted October 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Friends and Volunteers: Introduction to Fundraising Support

The National Archives, Kew

Do your Volunteers or Friends Group members fundraise for your service? Or would you like them to start thinking about it?

Fundraising for Archives invites Friends and Volunteers from across the archive sector to The National Archives on 5 December 2016 for a workshop on fundraising. This is an opportunity for Friends and volunteers from different services to come together, share their experiences and hear fundraising best practice from peers successful at generating income for their archive. Read More…

Posted October 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

AMA invites Museum Directors and CEOs to apply for Future Proof Museums


The AMA has opened applications for its intensive strategic change programme for museums.

Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across England.

FPM AMA web bannerThe programme explores why the museum is vital, what direction will drive a successful future and how to create the right culture over three stages: an in-house diagnostic session with your team, an intensive three-day residential for Museum Directors, and on-going facilitation with expert trainers.

The AMA is looking for a diverse groups of participants to take part in Future Proof Museums. The entire programme costs only £395 and includes a free 12-month membership of the AMA. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 November.

“Future Proof Museums resulted in tangible outcomes. The intensity, the dialogue, the strong tools and excellent support produced the practical outcomes most training programmes don’t deliver or that dilute very quickly.”

Tim Desmond, CEO, Galleries of Justice

More information and the application from can be downloaded from
For further details, please contact Verity Sanderson via email or phone 01223 578078.

Posted October 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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