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Garden ornaments made by inmates for Dartmoor Prison Museum, Devon

During the late twentieth century, the number of museums in the UK more than tripled. The Mapping Museum research project was devised in response to the absence of coherent data on that expansion. Our aim was to document and analyse how the sector changed between 1960 and 2020.

This website provides access to a database, key findings, transcripts of interviews with museum founders and staff, films and podcasts, and other resources linked to the project.

The database contains information on over 4,000 museums. That data can be viewed on a map or as a list, and can be searched, browsed, or visualised.

All the resources are free to use.

The Browse page under the Database tab and the Edit Museum Data page under the Contact Us tab both take some time to load so please be patient.

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