The Impact of the Ageing Population on Museum Audiences: Challenges and Opportunities for Museums

By Antonio Benitez.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The ageing of the population is a current global phenomenon that is transforming society. The health and social care needs of the older population have become some of the main priorities for public policy makers. However, there has been little progress in terms of development of research or public policy addressing the cultural needs of this increasing population group. Museums are not an exception. This paper explores the impact that the ageing of the population is having on museum audiences in the United Kingdom. In this paper, we argue that the ageing population presents both challenges and opportunities that museums will have to face in the very near future. Therefore, this paper contributes to the debate on how and why museums need to make some progress in terms of developing visitor research, museum policies and museum programmes that reflect this important demographic change.

Keywords: Older People, Visitor Studies, Museum Studies, Community Engagement

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 191.621KB).

Antonio Benitez

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Art and Design, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Antonio Benitez is a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Art and Design at the University of Salford (United Kingdom). His research is focused on the impact of the ageing of the population in museum audiences. Previously Antonio worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester for six years in the Visitor Experience and Learning Departments. Antonio has expertise in community engagement, specially developing new collaborative partnerships between academics, researchers and cultural and community organisations.


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