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ALVA 2014 visitor numbers show mixed fortunes for photography

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions visitor figures for 2014 have brought mixed fortunates for photography. The National Media Museum showed a 10 per decline from 2013 with 431,328 visitors and a 63rd ranking.

More positively, particularly in the light of the proposals to cut hours and staff, the Library of Birmingham had 2,414,860 visitors and was ranked 10th - the only non-London venue to appear in the top ten. 2014 was its first full year of opening. 

The original data can be found here: http://www.alva.org.uk/details.cfm?p=423

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Comment by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2015 at 9:30

Steve - I'm not sure about the Library of Birmingham but I believe the National Media Museum has automatic counters on the doors and I would imagine that schools and organised groups are probably collated separately. 

Comment by Steve Lightfoot on March 17, 2015 at 4:09

Makes you wonder how these numbers are compiled. I have never seen anyone counting people in. I would suspect most visitors dont book or report to a member of staff. How do they count visitors? 

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