National Treasures – Professional Skills in the Museums Sector

In 2007, China had 1,722 museums. By 2014, this had exploded to 4,510 museums.

In parallel, the increasing museum provision was accompanied by an increase in museum visits – from 283.3 million in 2008, to an estimated 677.8 million in 2014. Will demand outstrip supply in terms of the personnel required to service the growing market?

The British Council, with the support of the UK government’s China Prosperity Fund, commissioned Minzu University of China in Beijing (a national level university in Beijing), to undertake preliminary desk research to examine, analyse and evaluate the relevant “soft skills” required in China, to match the Museum sector’s development.

This introductory report examines the existing infrastructure (and international readiness) of China’s Museums sector, with key areas including policy influences, as well as new training needs and opportunities for professional development.