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Adrian Babbidge

Adrian Babbidge has long experience in the museums and heritage sector as a curator, manager and consultant, latterly specialising in governance, financial, legal and strategic management issues. He has published practical guidance in these areas, and contributed reports for both local and national government. A fuller biography and details of his publications are at

His current research interests are in museums policy and the use of data to inform the study of the historical development of museums. He has published several papers on these topics, especially in the journal Cultural Trends. Planned publications for 2020 and 2021 include a parliamentary history of UK museums, analysis of the impact of the recent lengthy period of ‘austerity’ on the sector, and trends in museum visit numbers since the early 19th century. He continues to develop his statistical observatory with the aim of helping the development of a longitudinal perspective on changes in UK museums.