Perceptions of archives, libraries, and museums in modern Britain


  • Bob Usherwood
  • Kerry Wilson
  • Jared Bryson



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In a research project undertaken by staff at the University of Sheffield, respondents were asked how they obtain information on major social and political concerns, and to consider the role museums, libraries and archives might play in helping them gain a greater understanding of such issues when compared to their use of other identified information sources. The study revealed a worrying trend amongst the British public to turn to some of the least trusted information sources when seeking information on current concerns, but also indicate that a relatively high value is placed on museums, libraries, and archives in helping respondents to understand social and political issues. They are also perceived as vital sources of informal family learning, and seen to perform an essential role by providing a context to modern life.




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