The Art Fund has published its 2009 survey of British museums and galleries (PDF link). Visitors were broadly up during the warm months of 2009, with 20% of venues experiencing more than a 10% rise in visitors. Redundancy payments, a decline in overseas holidays, and the weak pound, all seem to have contributed. But this is against a background of funding cuts, declining investment income and business sponsorship, and higher utility bills. Paid staff are increasingly being replaced by unpaid volunteers…

“The rise in volunteers has mirrored a fall in paid posts”

There’s also a new report on children’s engagement with cultural activities (PDF link).