ENYAN National museums relying more on Government grants

Grants from the government formed a bigger proportion of the income of many national museums in 2016-17 than it did the previous year, according to annual reports published last month.

Accounts show that grant-in-aid from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) formed a larger part of the income of the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Natural History Museum (NHM), as well as Tate and the National Gallery. 

In some cases the higher proportion can be partly explained by the museums receiving large one-off increases in grant-in-aid for capital spending. But increases in revenue grant-in-aid and falls in self-generated income also contributed to the trend.

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