Freedom of information request response - 05335

FOI request

FOI ID number
Museum Sales
  1. How many museums does your council run?
  2. How many items are there in your museums’ collections? What is their combined value?
  3. How many of those items are currently on display? What is their combined value?
  4. For each of the last four financial years, ending with 2017/18:
    1. How many items have been sold by your museums? What is the sum of money those sales have raised?
    2. How much of that money was kept within museums rather than going to other parts of the council?
    3. How many items have been bought by your museums? How much, in total, was paid for them?
  5. Over the last four years, what is the single biggest amount raised by selling an item? What was the item in question? How and to whom was it sold?
  6. Even if no sales have been made, has the council considered selling any of its collection at any point over the last four years?

To be clear – I am only interested in items in the museums’ collection of historical artefacts. I am not interested in how much the museum is spending on buying and selling items like cleaning products, pens or computer equipment.

Our response

  1. One
  2. 5586; combined value £917,700
  3. 771; £554,000
    1. None
    2. Not applicable
    3. 2014/15: no. 43 (£11,106) / 2015/16: no. 8 (£93) / 2016/17: no. 19 (£2,350) / 2017/18: no. 14 (£1,073)
  4. No sale
  5. No
Response date
20 June 2018