Great news for galleries and museums in the north of England – newly released statistics show that visitor numbers topped five million for the first time between April and October 2018, a rise of 21.5 per cent on the same time frame the year before.

Tate Liverpool saw visitors rise by 14.6 per cent, while National Museums Liverpool saw a record-breaking 2,885,842 visitors – a hike of 39 per cent. Imperial War Museum North, based in Salford, saw a rise of 35 per cent and over 537,000 people went to The National Railway Museum in York, a rise of 11 per cent.

Jake Berry, minister for the Northern Powerhouse, commented on the results, saying: “This government continues to support culture across the north through the Coastal Revival Fund which has provided £4.7 million to revive more than 100 heritage sites around the country and by investing £8 million in new venues for Blackpool and Bradford.

“As we look forward to 2019, I’d encourage more people to join the five million who have already seen why the north’s rich art, culture and heritage is at the heart of the UK’s history and its future.”

Gallery and museum owners looking to boost numbers in 2019 might also want to see how the British Museum gets it done, given that the most recent TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award ranked it as the second-best in Europe… and the best-rated museum of its kind in the UK.

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