The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries

The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in collaboration with the British Museum has produced a report examining the impact of population ageing on the cultural sector.

The report explores the contribution older adults make to galleries and museums through volunteering, visiting and donating, as well as highlighting that while successive generations are living longer, healthy and disability-free life expectancies are not rising at the same rate as general life expectancies, and differences are more pronounced along divisions such as wealth, education, geography and occupation. It notes that “At the same time as the population is changing, museums and galleries too are facing their own opportunities and challenges. Their remits are expanding to include issues like social inclusion and health and wellbeing while their resources are shrinking. However the increased recognition of their role in health and wellbeing has opened up new possibilities for collaboration and expansion, with potential ‘win-win’ scenarios for all involved”.

http://www.ageing.ox.ac.uk/files/OIPA%20British%20Museum%20paper%20final%20for%20web.pdf