Suffolk Museums welcomed over 726,980 people through their doors last year. This is worth £18.6m to the local economy. There are 131 FTE people employed in Suffolk Museums, together with more than 2,191 volunteers giving over 138,584 hours of their time last year. Volunteer time is worth at least £1.65m to Suffolk Museums.
The value of Suffolk Museums is recognised by all Suffolk local authorities, Arts Council England, and SHARE Museums East which continue to provide £45,500 of core revenue support for the collaborative Suffolk Museums Partnership (SMP), a collaborative funding partnership. The strength of the Suffolk Museums Partnership is in the continued commitment to it from all local authorities in the county and Arts Council England (ACE). This core support enables the Association for Suffolk Museums (AfSM) to draw in additional inward investment to Suffolk for museum projects from external sources.
The AfSM is grateful for all contributions from all partners, freelancers, and funders. The importance of their support in many developments in Suffolk cannot be understated and the Association remains very grateful for the funding and guidance they provide.
The Suffolk Museums Partnership is: The Association for Suffolk Museums, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, West Suffolk Council, East Suffolk Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Arts Council England, and SHARE Museums East.