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Developing a framework for assessing the socioeconomic impacts of museums: the regional value of the 'flexible museum'

Bryan, Jane, Munday, Maxim C. R. ORCID: and Bevins, Richard Eric 2012. Developing a framework for assessing the socioeconomic impacts of museums: the regional value of the 'flexible museum'. Urban Studies 49 (1) , pp. 133-151. 10.1177/0042098010396242

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The role of museums as agents of culture, education and even nationhood is widely recognised. However, the potential for museums to contribute to regeneration processes is also important. Urban development literature has demonstrated the importance of creative capital in economic development processes. Then, evaluating museums in economic terms, covering issues including visitor numbers and resulting tourism consumption, provides only a partial indication of museum ‘value’. This paper reports research undertaken with Amgueddfa Cymru—National Museum Wales to establish the economic impact of museums, but which also developed a conceptual framework to assess other elements of museum contribution. In particular, the paper picks up on research challenges on the need to test critically how far culture can be at the heart of local regeneration. The paper also addresses a challenge from the literature that a wider group of stakeholders might be involved in establishing the ‘value’ of services emanating from museums.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0042-0980
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:34

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