IMPROVEMENT of museums in Oxfordshire could be on the cards after the launch of a survey.

People in the county are being asked for their views on venues such as the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Oxfordshire Museum.

Oxford ASPIRE, a partnership between the county council and Oxford University, wants to know what people think of their local museums, and whether they visit them or not.

County councillor Judith Heathcoat, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “Oxfordshire is home to some really good museums and by filling in the survey you will be helping them find ways to improve what they offer and how they work together.

“We need to hear from people that are regular visitors to museums as well as from those who rarely go. It’s as important to know what stops people attending as what regular visitors think.”

Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said the survey was not being carried out to find out if some museums were underused, and rules out cuts to the budget for museums.

He said: “The consultation is simply about people’s opinions on museums – those that already go can tell us what they like and don’t like.

“Those who do not currently go are still encouraged to take part and express opinions.”

  • The survey is available online at the county council’s website at