Taking Part Child Survey 2/11/2009

Two thirds of 5-10 year old children visited a museum out of school time last year

The latest figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Taking Part child survey were published last month. The survey asked about visits outside school for 5-10 year olds, and asks 11-15 year olds about visits both with school and out of school.  Key findings were as follows:

  • 66.3% of 5-10 year olds had attended a museum in the past 12 months out of school time.
  • 4.2 % of 5-10 year olds had been to a museum or attended an event at a museum out of school time in the past week.
  • 59.7 % of 11-15 year olds had attended a museum or gallery in the past 12 months either in school or out of school time.
  • 2.9 % of 11-15 year olds had been to a museum or attended an event at one either in school or out of school time in the past week.
  • Within the 5-10 age group, boys have a higher rate of participation in museums than girls (69.8% and 62.7% respectively). 
  • Those from white backgrounds had significantly higher rates of participation than those from black or minority ethnic backgrounds in sport, heritage and museums for those aged 5-10, and in heritage for those aged 11-15.  Those from black or minority ethnic backgrounds had significantly higher rates of participation than those from white backgrounds for both the 5-10 and 11-15 age groups in libraries.

Full details for the Taking Part Child Survey can be found on the DCMS website