Annual Review

Annual Review 2015-16

Annual Review 2015-16

The Science Museum Group blazed new trails this year for quality and impact and reached more people than ever before.

The blockbuster exhibition Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age was a bold international collaboration starring unseen Russian space inventions.

New funds helped the group test new kinds of events such as interactive festivals at the Museum of Science and Industry and at the National Media Museum. While the National Railway Museum initiated thought leadership debates on the future of rail.

Headline spectacles included the day Tim Peake was launched into space as 11,000 visitors attended the day-long TV broadcast from the Science Museum . . . and thousands more cheered our own Flying Scotsman – the world’s most famous locomotive – as it steamed back into the headlines.

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Annual Review 2014-15

Annual Review 2014-15

This was the year that declared the Science Museum Group’s new momentum.

SMG’s Manchester museum hub became a platform for announcing ‘northern powerhouse’ ambitions,

York set the pace as a forum for discussing the future of railways, while Bradford toured its superlative collections of historic photography.

And Her Majesty The Queen paid us the greatest honour by opening a major new addition to London’s gallery scene and heralding a glorious future for us all.

As the biggest alliance of science museums in the world, SMG is powering through a radical programme of reform, despite facing dramatic cuts in funding.

Director Ian Blatchford argues that even more could be done if the Group’s vital role in the UK science base were acknowledged. ‘We’re making waves,’ he insists. ‘Why stop now?’

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Annual Review 2013-14

Annual Review 2013-14

The 2013-14 Annual Review highlighted a selection from an increasingly busy programme, including Collider, our critically acclaimed blend of theatre and physics; new investment from the Treasury in Manchester; and our world-class informal education programme.

The diverse range of celebrities, politicians and thought leaders in these pages show that the Group is a cultural beacon; preserving the culture of the past but also helping to shape the future too.

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Annual Review 2012-13

Annual Review 2012-13

‘Opening Minds, Securing our Futures’, celebrated an exciting year of growth as the largest alliance of science museums in the world.

The review details the discovery of the world’s oldest colour cine film at the National Media Museum, to the Manchester Science Festival organised by the Museum of Science & Industry, Railfest at the National Railway Museum, and our partnership agreement with Brazil.

The key theme for this year was of partnership working. As Science Museum Group Director, Ian Blatchford explained, partnerhsip working. is our default setting:it maximises impact and secures real value. He went on to say that investing in robust collaborations is the way to ensure science and engineering play central roles in generating prosperity,


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Annual Review 2011-12

Annual Review 2011-12

By taking new directions, challenging visitors, employing exceptional standards of audience research and bridging the gap between science and culture, the Science Museum Group won people over to science and innovation in 2011-12.

Serious, ambitious, determined: 2011-12 was the time for the Science Museum Group to punch its weight, because, said Director Ian Blatchford, the nation’s future prosperity and quality of life depend on an urgent commitment to science and technology.


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