National Museums Liverpool has published its 2018-19 Annual Review, highlighting its best ever year.

For the second year running, the organisation recorded its highest ever visitor figures, with 3,965,453 visits made across eight museums and galleries. This includes a 35% increase in children and young people attending for educational activities. World Museum is officially England’s most visited museum outside London in 2018.

photo by Dave Jones

Director, Laura Pye, said: “The Annual Review is a chance to share with the public what a fantastic year we’ve had and the important role we have within the cultural offer of the city and region. A vibrant programme of exhibitions and events – as well as our permanent collections – attracted people to our venues, including the blockbuster China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, which had a phenomenal impact on the Liverpool City Region.”

photo by Dave Jones

“Our dedicated staff, trustees and volunteers also worked with partners on other key projects and activities and it was fantastic year for income generation and donations, which enables us to continue to build on our exhibitions and events programmes, while maintaining our permanent collections.”

photo by Lee Garland

Laura Pye will be hosting two public events to share highlights from the Annual Review and plans for the future at:

  • Museum of Liverpool – Thursday 25 July 2019, 12.30pm
  • World Museum – Wednesday 31 July 2019, 12.30pm

Building on the success of 2018-19, an exciting programme of exhibitions through 2019 into 2020 and beyond is planned. National Museums Liverpool is also set to launch a new mission statement and values and recently undertook a significant 10-year planning and strategy programme.

photo by Robin Clewley 

To see more highlights from National Museums Liverpool’s Annual Review, visit the website: