Strong show: Despite funding cuts threatening the industry, revenue continues to expand

The Libraries, Museums and Cultural Activities industry includes archives, art galleries, historical sites and buildings, botanical and zoological gardens, and nature reserves. The diversity of industry operations means that some areas are growing at different rates than others, but they all face the same challenges when it comes to maintaining industry revenue. Operators in this industry are predominantly not-for-profit organisations that provide the public with access to culturally important objects, knowledge and sites. Many operators rely on government funding for a large portion of their income, which can come from grants, local council funding or other more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The development of alternative revenue streams is supporting growth for the industry
  • Squeezed funding for local councils has negatively affected the libraries segment of the industry
  • Tighter immigration laws would be expected to prove detrimental to the industry’s supply of labour
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Libraries, Museums and Cultural Activities industry is considered to be in the mature phase of its life cycle. Over the 10 years through 2024-25, the industry’s contribution to the economy, also referred to as its value added, is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.5%. UK GDP is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.5% over the same period. Although this suggests the industry is growing, other factors such as a slowdown of technological advancement and the culmination of some industry services suggest otherwise.The industry is struggling as a result of funding cuts, and some areas are performing considerably worse than others. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry are

  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Ability to educate the wider community
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as International tourist numbers and Real household disposable income in the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry?

    This industry is comprised of libraries, archives, museums, art galleries, historical sites and buildings, botanical and zoological gardens, and nature reserves.

    Industry Products
  • Historical sites and buildings
  • Botanical gardens, zoos and nature reserves
  • Museums and galleries
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating libraries
  • Operating archives
  • Operating museums
  • Operating art galleries
  • Preserving and operating historical sites or buildings
  • Operating zoological gardens
  • Operating botanical gardens and nature reserves
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • International tourist numbers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total domestic tourism
  • Business confidence index
  • Average weekly hours of work
  • Demand from general secondary education

  • Current Performance
  • Foreign interest
  • Cuts to funding
  • Painting a different picture
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future challenges
  • Increasing tourism
  • Alternative revenue streams
  • Table: Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Tour Operators
  • Primary Education
  • General Secondary Education
  • Technical & Vocational Education
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Second-Hand Goods Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Botanical gardens, zoos and nature reserves
  • Museums and galleries
  • Historical sites and buildings
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Chart: Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged between 25 and 44
  • People aged 15 and under
  • People aged between 16 and 24
  • People aged between 65 and 74
  • People aged 75 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Other Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    The National Trust, Tate,
  • Table: The National Trust - financial performance
  • Table: Tate - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Libraries that store documents of special significance, often for academic or other specialised research.
  • Botanical Gardens
  • An establishment where plants are grown for display to the public and often for scientific study.
  • Grant-In-Aid
  • Money that the government allocates to a specific project. Most grant-in-aid received by industry operators comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Legacies
  • When money or property is left or handed down to an establishment in a will.
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