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                             INFLUENCERS       ANNUAL REVIEW 2020–21

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SCIENCE MUSEUM GROUP ANNUAL REVIEW 2020–21                                                                                                                           WELCOME FROM OUR CHAIR

                                                                                                                                                                 RISING TO THE
Cover, from top, left to right Emily Shuckburgh, Kira Peter-Hansen MEP, Julia King, Jane Goodall, Cassidy Kramer, Zamzam Ibrahim, Jennifer Wilcox,
    � hı� Njoroge, Jon Snow, Partha Dasgupta, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Ghillean Prance, Joanna Haigh, Hannah Fry, Dia Mirza, Jim Al-Khalili, Gaia Vince,
Gideon Henderson, James Lovelock, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Anushka Asthana, Anote Tong, Tim Peake, Tamsin Edwards, Helen Sharman, Kevin Fong

                                                                                                                                                               COVID CHALLENGE

                                                                                                                                                              The pandemic brought                       A year that might otherwise have been        My colleagues in learning developed

                                                                                                                                                           unprecedented difficulties                    dominated by the Science Museum              bright, uplifting videos with the BBC to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         winning our sector’s most prestigious        inspire families trapped in lockdown.
                                                                                                                                                          to the Group, but our teams’                   prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year, has      Our curators mobilised an extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                             expertise and ingenuity                     instead been defined by Covid-19.            Group-wide effort to record the
                                                                                                                                                          allowed us to ‘stay open’ for                                                               greatest health crisis of a generation,
Front cover Climate conversations                                                                       ON OTHER PAGES                                      a global audience online,                    The pandemic brought into sharp relief       and to create an exhibition, generously
                                                                                                        8 Prize collection                                                                               our mission to inspire the next generation   supported by Wellcome, on the race
3	Towards net zero                                                                                     11 Our special space
                                                                                                                                                             says Dame Mary Archer                       of scientists, engineers, mathematicians     for a vaccine.
                                                                                                        12 Digital pioneers                                                                              and technologists – exactly the people
5      Ultimate accolade                                                                                14 Our net zero plan                                                                             who have so brilliantly developed tests,     Our exhibitions have continued to tour
6      Making tracks                                                                                    15 Towards a greener future                                                                      vaccines and therapies.                      worldwide. Remarkably, one on antibiotic
                                                                                                        17 Ideas for a better world                                                                                                                   resistance – Superbugs – opened in
7      Royal virtual visit                                                                              18 Green shoots                                                                                  When we had to close our doors for           Wuhan, where the pandemic is thought to
                                                                                                        19 Screen idol                                                                                   the first time since the Second World        have started. Back in South Kensington,
9      Open for all                                                                                     20 Picture perfect                                                                               War, colleagues across the Group rose        we hosted an NHS vaccination centre at
                                                                                                        24 Team effort                                                                                   to the challenge of putting museum           the Science Museum.
13     Earth matters                                                                                    25 Tour de force                                                                                 life online. Major events, such as the
16     Best practice                                                                                    26 Lockdown learning                                                                             Manchester Science Festival, the             Our virtual visitors jumped at the
                                                                                                        27 Creative measures                                                                             Yorkshire Games Festival and a series        opportunity to be the first to see one
21     History in the making                                                                            28 Support network                                                                               of panel discussions, including one on       of our objects online (more than a
                                                                                                        29 Acquisitions and loans                                                                        vaccine hesitancy featuring Dr Anthony       quarter of a million obliged) and to
22 Pandemic response                                                                                    31 Steaming ahead                                                                                Fauci, the US chief medical adviser, and     contribute our objects to the game
                                                                                                        37 Dame Margaret Weston                                                                          Nadhim Zahawi, the UK vaccines               Animal Crossing.
23 Science channels                                                                                                                                                                                      minister, were presented virtually.
                                                                                                        APPENDIX                                                                                                                                      Yes, the past year has been difficult,
                                                                                                        32 Visitor numbers/financial summary                                                             Visits to our online collection rose from    but it has spurred us on to engage more
HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, at the opening of the Engineer's                              33 Our generous supporters                      Above Dame Mary Archer, right, with Judith       more than 800,000 to 1.2 million and         with online visitors than ever before.
Day exhibition at the Science Museum, London, on 18 November 1966. The                                                                                  McNicol, director of the National Railway
event was also attended by Her Majesty The Queen and the President of                                   35 Our science alliance                         Museum, and Group director Sir Ian Blatchford,   those using our learning resources           In the coming year, we look forward to
Pakistan. Prince Philip (1921-2021) became a Fellow of the Group in 2014                                38 Our trustees                                 at the reopening of Locomotion in Shildon        almost doubled to 270,000 visits.            welcoming many back in person.

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DIRECTOR’S WELCOME                                                                    DIRECTOR’S WELCOME

                                                                                           ‘We are grateful to the sponsors, funders                                                 We put sustainability at the heart of the
                                                                                            and supporters who have continued to                                                     upgrade of IMAX: The Ronson Theatre
                                                                                            work with us during the pandemic’                                                        in the Science Museum, made possible
                                                                                                                                                                                     by the generosity of the Gerald and Gail
                                                                                           Sir Ian Blatchford                                                                        Ronson Family Foundation, and have
                                                                                                                                                                                     eliminated the sale of single-use plastic
                                                                                                                                                           Left Sir Ian Blatchford   bottles across our retail outlets and
                                                                                                                                                           with Oliver Dowden

                                                                                                                                                           MP, Secretary of State    cafes. We have also cut carbon emissions
                                                                                                                                                           for the Department for    from our operations by more than two
                                                                                                                                                           Digital, Culture, Media   thirds, despite an increase in the size of
                                                                                                                                                           and Sport
                                                                                                                                                           Below Orthophoto          our estate by one quarter. Still, there is
                                                                                                                                                           of SS Thistlegorm         so much more to do.
                                                                                                                                                           by Simon Brown,
                                                                                                                                                           winner of the Science
                                                                                                                                                           Photographer of the       As we demand more of our ourselves,
                                                                                                                                                           Year Award (General       so we expect more of our partners. Vital
                                                                                                                                                           Science category)         to our net zero ambition are the changes
                                                                                                                                                                                     to our approach to procurement to
                                                                                                                                                                                     ensure that our supply chain is
                                                                                                                                                                                     lessening its environmental impact.
 The pandemic has underlined                 scientific consensus that calls for           We are launching this renewed focus     Decarbonising our heating systems
  our commitment to climate                  radical decarbonisation to keep global        with Our Future Planet at the Science   is also a central consideration in our            We are also committed to working
                                             temperature rise below 1.5°C above pre-       Museum, a landmark exhibition that      long-term work to transform each of our           with funders who are also on a journey
    science and sustainable                  industrial levels.                            showcases the cutting-edge technology   six sites in the Science Museum Group,            to decarbonise, becoming the first
     practices, says Group                                                                 and nature-based solutions being        perhaps best illustrated in the choice            cultural institution to use the respected
   director Sir Ian Blatchford               As we adapted to the pandemic, we were        developed to remove carbon dioxide      of architects Feilden Fowles to design            Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) to
                                             reminded of the power of technology to        from the atmosphere.                    the centrepiece of our Vision 2025                assess partners’ progress with the
                                             bring that public engagement to a global                                              project to transform the National Railway         support of the Grantham Research
While the Covid-19 pandemic has been         audience and the opportunity to hear                                                  Museum; their elegant and uplifting               Institute on Climate Change and the
the defining issue of the past year,         from global voices.                                                                   proposal for Central Hall will provide            Environment. We are grateful for how
climate change will be the dominant                                                                                                an exemplary low-carbon building to               the TPI has embraced working with the
theme for the coming century. Indeed,        Each of our series of Climate Talks in                                                welcome our visitors.                             Science Museum Group.
the human impact on the Earth’s              the run-up to the COP26 international
ecosystems can be seen as much in the        climate conference is being live-                                                     Sustainability has been equally central           We are also grateful to the sponsors,
increasing risk of animal viruses causing    streamed, amplifying our museum                                                       to the revolution in our collections care,        funders and supporters who have
novel diseases, as in the relentless         audiences from hundreds to many                                                       centred around the National Collections           continued to work with us during the
increase in global temperatures.             thousands.                                                                            Centre, near Swindon, where we have               pandemic, from the Department for
                                                                                                                                   completed work on our most energy-                Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the
The Science Museum Group has long had        Our first talk, chaired by Group trustee                                              efficient building to date that will              Huo Family Foundation, Russian Railways
a focus on sustainability and climate, not   Hannah Fry, illustrated our international                                             ultimately house 300,000 incredible               and Urenco. The Science Museum
least with the opening of its pioneering     and diverse approach with a panel                                                     objects from our collection. Our                  Foundation has evolved tremendously
Atmosphere gallery in 2010. That focus       including conservationist Jane Goodall,                                               approach to environmental conditions              under the leadership of Donald Brydon,
has intensified since February 2020          Kenyan climate activist Wanju � hı� Njoroge                                           at the NCC, by managing humidity but              who became chair in 2016 and has now
when Sir David Attenborough planted          and Danish MEP Kira Peter-Hansen.                                                     not temperature, is already providing             stepped down after his third term. We
trees with school children in the Science                                                                                          inspiration across our sector.                    owe him our thanks for shaping the
Museum garden to help us launch our          At the Manchester Science Festival, we                                                                                                  current board that we are so fortunate
decade of climate action.                    heard from prominent figures such as                                                                                                    to have today and for working
                                             Brian Eno and James Lovelock, but also                                                                                                  tirelessly to build the momentum of
Since then, following the approval of        from diverse voices on a youth panel in                                                                                                 the Foundation.
the Board of Trustees in March, Julia        conversation with Myles Allen, head of
Knights, deputy director of the Science      the Climate Dynamics group at Oxford                                                                                                    Partnership and innovation have been
Museum and our lead for sustainability,      University.                                                                                                                             at the core of a century and a half of
has led the Group to follow a 'net                                                                                                                                                   our organisation’s history. And they
zero by 2033' pathway across all our         Climate change will remain at the core                                                                                                  will be central to the way we evolve
work, from Masterplan projects to            of the Group’s programming in the                                                                                                       as an organisation, engage with the
procurement and conservation. This           coming years, exploring the work                                                                                                        public and inspire young people, who
plan builds on our Sustainability Policy,    that scientists around the world are                                                                                                    will go on to provide the solutions to
which encapsulates our vision to be          leading to develop technologies that                                                                                                    future challenges, not least that of
public engagement leaders on climate         can mitigate and adapt to humankind’s                                                                                                   tackling climate change and the energy
science, guided by the international         impact on our planet.                                                                                                                   revolution ahead.

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MUSEUM OF THE YEAR 2020                                                                                                                        VISION 2025

                                                                                       ‘Congratulations to the
                                                                                        Science Museum. The
                                                                                        UK’s museums – admired
                                                                                        worldwide and vital locally –
                                                                                        were thriving before Covid-19.
                                                                                        Now they can help rebuild our
                                                                                        communities and confidence
                                                                                        as we emerge from the virus’
                                                                                       Jenny Waldman, director of Art Fund

                                                                                       The accolade acknowledged the radical
                                                                                       transformation of the Science Museum
                                                                                       over the past decade, culminating in a
                                                                                       landmark year in 2019 which saw the
                                                                                       finale of the Tim Peake’s Spacecraft tour,
                                                                                       presented by Samsung and the Science                                                                                     Vision 2025, our transformation of
                                                                                       Museum Group. The museum hosted
                                                                                       the biggest ever sleepover to celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the National Railway Museum in York
                                                                                       the Apollo 11 anniversary, and opened                                                                                      and Locomotion in Shildon, has

                                                                                       spectacular new permanent galleries –                                                                                        taken huge strides forward
                                                                                       Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries and
                                                                                       Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury
                                                                                       Gallery to critical acclaim.                 Vision 2025, our £55.3 million project to   Wonderlab, our £5 million engineering-         Construction is due to start in April

                                                                                                                                    transform the National Railway Museum       focused gallery, is due to open in 2023.       2022 subject to planning permission,
                                                                                       The Art Fund Museum of the Year judges       and Locomotion, has been a beacon of        It will inspire young people to become         with work scheduled to be complete
                                                                                       cited our work with local communities        progress and hope in a difficult year.      the problem-solvers and innovators             by early 2023.
                                                                                       across the country to inspire the next       Three elements of the programme             of the future. In the past year we have
                                                                                       generation of scientists. The award          – Station Hall and Wonderlab at the         appointed De Matos Ryan to design              This is the most significant change to
             After a successful reopening in the summer,                               reflects the extraordinary work of           National Railway Museum, and the new        the space, which will feature up to 25         Locomotion since its opening and will
                   the Science Museum was named                                        hundreds of colleagues over many years,      building at Locomotion – have taken         interactive exhibits with a rail engineering   create a more inviting and accessible
                 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020,                                     and the steadfast support and expert         huge strides forward.                       theme. It follows the success of two           museum, emphasising Locomotion’s
                      the most prestigious sector                                      contributions from our partners.                                                         STEM-focused interactive galleries             pivotal role as a cultural cornerstone
                                                                                                                                    Station Hall, a Grade II-listed former      at the Science Museum and National             for the community.
                           prize in the world                                          Sir Ian said: ‘It means a great deal to      goods depot and now home to the             Science and Media Museum.
                                                                                       have the Science Museum’s                    national collection of original royal                                                      The new building is the largest in a
                                                                                       achievement acknowledged by this             carriages, is set to receive a £500,000     In Shildon, AOC Architecture has been          series of regeneration projects planned
In a unique edition of the Art Fund       The artist Grayson Perry announced           magnificent prize. Our museums are           refurbishment, thanks to the Friends        appointed to start work on a £4.5 million      for the museum. These include the
Museum of the Year award and in           the news on BBC’s The One Show               at the heart of national cultural life       of the National Railway Museum. The         project to deliver a new collection            refurbishment of the site’s historic Grade
recognition of the unprecedented          and Radio 2, which began a week of           and, particularly during this time of        charity organisation, which supports        building at Locomotion. This ambitious         II-listed railway buildings, the relocation
challenges that all museums faced in      celebrations. Sir Ian Blatchford, director   uncertainty, provide solace, inspiration     the work of the museum, has raised          redevelopment will see the entire              of Gaunless Bridge –one of the world’s
2020, the Science Museum was among        of the Science Museum Group, and             and joy to so many. We’ll be using the       £300,000 from members to develop            museum transformed in time for the             first iron railway bridges created for the
five institutions given the top gong in   Laura Southall, head of learning at the      prize money to support local school          and refresh Station Hall’s permanent        200th anniversary of the Stockton and          Stockton and Darlington Railway, and
2020, with the £200,000 prize money       Science Museum, took part in media           children from communities that aren’t        exhibition.                                 Darlington Railway in 2025.                    the return of Locomotion No. 1 which set
being shared equally among them.          appearances and panel discussions.           able to currently visit the museum with                                                                                                 off from Shildon to haul the world’s first
                                                                                       special outreach sessions, so that we        Due to start in spring 2021, the project    Once complete, the new building will           steam-powered passenger train in 1825.
The Science Museum was joint winner       The Science Museum also created              continue to inspire futures beyond our       will see an estimated 200 new collection    house up to 50 rail vehicles, bringing
with Aberdeen Art Gallery in Aberdeen,    a raft of bespoke digital content to         museum walls.’                               items and 25 rail vehicles go on display.   the total at Locomotion to 120 and
the Gairloch Museum in Wester Ross,       engage new audiences with our work –                                                      The Station Hall project will provide a     creating the UK’s largest rail vehicle
the South London Gallery in Camberwell,   particularly ahead of half-term – with       Above Zombie Boy, by Marc Quinn, in the      greater focus on the roles of railway       display. AOC will create a sustainable,        Above An artist’s impression of the
                                                                                       Medicine galleries of the Science Museum                                                                                                transformed National Railway Museum in York
London, and the Towner Art Gallery in     a special focus on Wonderlab: The                                                         workers and passengers and under-           low-maintenance and low-energy-usage           Top right The Wonderlab concept by
Eastbourne, East Sussex.                  Equinor Gallery.                             Funder Art Fund                              represented stories from railway history.   building, sympathetic to the local area.       De Matos Ryan

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BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK                                                                                                       BUILDING ONE

                                                 ‘It’s been very interesting to                     ‘Our collection management facility will enable us to                            100,000
                                                  hear from you all. I hope the                       sustain and grow our collection and inspire future                             A growing audience is exploring our
                                                  children have enjoyed it, too.                          generations with the wonders it contains’                                  digitised collection, with more than
                                                 Thank you for the wonderful                                           Sian Williams, programme director,
                                                                                                                                                                                     100,000 sessions now regularly
                                                  work you are doing’                                                                                                                recorded each month and over three
                                                                                                                                  One Collection
                                                                                                                                                                                     million visitors since the online
                                                 Her Majesty The Queen                                                                                                               collection launched in December 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                     creating new opportunities for object
                                                                                                                                                                                     research, display and loans. Over a

                                                                                                                                                                                     quarter of the objects we care for
                                                                                                                                                                                     (112,000 items) now have a photograph
                                                                                                                                                                                     published online, with thousands more

                                                                                                                                                                                     added each month.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Rapid digitisation enables colleagues
                                                                                                                                                                                     and the public to engage with more

                                                                                                                                                                                     of the collection than ever before –

                                                                                                                                                                                     we have never been better placed to
                                                                                                                                                                                     share and celebrate the stories of our
                                                                                                                                                                                     objects. Online audiences have explored
                                                                                                                                                                                     technologies we encounter around us
                                                                                                                                                                                     through popular long-form articles
                                                                                                       With Building One, the new home for the Group’s                               and blog posts created for our second

                                                                                                                                                                                     annual theme, Everyday Technology,
                                                                                                        collection completed, staff have continued to                                which was planned before the pandemic
                                                                                                      digitise hundreds of thousands of objects before                               but published while many people were
                                                                                                      they move into this spectacular space in Wiltshire                             working from home.
                                                 We were delighted to welcome Her
                                                 Majesty The Queen during British                                                                                                    An accompanying podcast, A Brief
                                                 Science Week in March as she joined                                                                                                 History of Stuff, the Group’s first
                                                 a virtual science showcase. The event       In the midst of the pandemic, we            maximise performance of the facility’s      experiment with this intimate form of
                                                 involved Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE,          reached a significant milestone on our      materials has dramatically increased        storytelling, released in April 2021,
                                                 Caroline Smith, and primary school          journey to transform public access to       energy efficiency while reducing            invites global audiences to discover the
                                                 children from Thomas Jones School,          the Science Museum Group Collection         energy needs, operational costs and         collection. And more than 84,000 people
                                                 which is local to the Science Museum.       and provide for its long-term care,         carbon emissions.                           have uncovered hidden gems through
                                                                                             by safely completing construction of                                                    our Never Been Seen webpage, which
                                                 The session, hosted by Aderin-Pocock,       our collection management facility          Work is underway to study and digitise      displays objects not seen online before.
                                                 focused on space exploration and Smith      at the National Collections Centre, in      26,000 objects at the National
                                                 shared the latest updates from the          Wroughton, Wiltshire.                       Collections Centre, many thousands of       As final preparations were underway to
                                                 NASA Mars Perseverance mission. Our                                                     which will move into the new facility.      move the collection into its new home,
                                                 Learning team showed first-hand how         This purpose-built and sector-leading       Meanwhile, at Blythe House in London,       we launched an exciting participatory art
                                                 we had adapted our content to deliver       facility brings together our vast           the team has achieved staggering results.   commission for the National Collections
                                                 it virtually during the pandemic, and the   collection under one roof for the first     By March 2021, we finished processing       Centre, with internationally acclaimed
                                                 pupils demonstrated for The Queen their     time. It enables us to better study,        and barcoding all 260,000 objects, with     artist Bedwyr Williams. Williams will
Her Majesty The Queen                            own rocket experiments.                     conserve, photograph and digitise           175,000 objects photographed and            collaborate with local communities
                                                                                             items, prepare and transport objects to     75,000 already packed ready to travel       to produce a significant film and
 joined a virtual event                          Her Majesty said: ‘It’s been very           exhibitions at our museums, and loan        to their new home.                          accompanying book inspired by the
  hosted by the Group                            interesting to hear from you all. I hope    more items for display.                                                                 collection and its new home. The film
  to celebrate British                           the children have enjoyed it, too –                                                     This vitally important but often unseen     is expected to premiere at the National
     Science Week                                they might learn something from it as       It has sustainability at its heart as the   work to better document and digitise        Collections Centre in 2024, when our
                                                 well! Thank you very much indeed. It’s      Group’s most energy-efficient building.     the collection dramatically increases       facility opens for public tours, school
                                                 wonderful work you are all doing.’          Taking a ‘fabric first’ approach to         our knowledge and its accessibility,        and research visits.

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OPEN FOR ALL                                                                                                                                   OPEN FOR ALL

                                                                                         ‘About women in medicine –                            Clockwise from right
                                                                                                                                               Open Talk contributors
                                                                                          we now have more than 50%                            Dame Sally Davies,
                                                                                          of medical students who                              Deborah Frances-
                                                                                                                                               White, Amanda Khozi
                                                                                          are women, and you can do                            Mukwashi, Jo Brand
                                                                                                                                               and David Lammy MP
                                                                                          anything. When I came in there

                                                                                          was a glass ceiling. So, enjoy
                                                                                          it and let it take you where
                                                                                          you want to go’
                                                                                         Dame Sally Davies, The Guilty Feminist:               ‘I realise that my “identity” doesn’t actually
                                                                                         Women in Medicine                                      belong to me; it belongs to wherever I happen
                                                                                                                                                to be in the world, and it belongs to people
                                                                                                                                                looking at me and deciding what I am. I don’t
               The Group stepped up its commitment to                                                                                           get to decide it sadly – but none of us do’
               addressing issues of equity and inclusion
                                                                                                                                               Angela Saini, The Guilty Feminist: Women in Medicine

The issue of discrimination and inequality   Our response was to intensify our work                                                                                                         Sir Ian returned in January 2021 to be       ‘The Open Talk event series
came sharply into focus across the world     to prioritise diversity and inclusion                                                                                                          joined by Science Museum curator              gives SMG an opportunity to
in 2020, and in the months since it has      across all areas of the Group – our ways                                                                                                       Elizabeth Bruton, and Chris Bryant MP
become clear that the Science Museum         of working, our people and culture, our                                                                                                        to discuss his latest book, The Glamour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          explore different perspectives
Group’s ambition to be Open for All has      public programme and our curatorial                                                                                                            Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels          within science and society
never been more relevant.                    research. Recognising the importance of                                                                                                        Who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler,      more broadly, and ensures that
                                             transparency, an Open for All blog was                                                                                                         highlighting a fascinating and vital story    our work remains meaningful
                                             launched to provide regular updates on                                                                                                         hitherto unheard by many.
                                             our progress and the challenges we face.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in a time of change’
                                                                                                                                                                                            To mark International Women’s Day in         Susan Raikes, director of learning
                                             INCLUSIVE COLLECTING AND CURATION                                                                                                              March 2021, Open Talk joined forces
                                             The global discourse about the                                                                                                                 with award-winning comedy podcast
                                             importance of black lives during 2020                                                                                                          The Guilty Feminist for a special live
                                             undoubtedly sharpened our focus on                                                                                                             edition of the show celebrating women
                                             colonial history. We have brought more                                                                                                         in medicine. Co-presenters Deborah
                                             urgency to work to address omissions in                                                                                                        Frances-White and comedian and               Below Model cotton gin made around 1860.
                                             our galleries, including uncomfortable                                                                                                         former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand were       The invention sped up the processing of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         raw cotton on plantations, leading to a huge
                                             aspects of our history. A fine example                                                                                                         joined by special guests Angela Saini        increase in the exploitation of enslaved
                                             of this is new research by the National     Above and left Asquith Xavier, a West Indian          VITAL CONVERSATIONS                          and former chief medical officer Dame        people to plant and pick it
                                             Railway Museum on the unofficial ‘colour    Briton who was the first non-white train guard at     Dialogue about inclusion is vital, so this   Sally Davies, as well as surprise guest
                                                                                         Euston railway station; Ruth and James by Siân
                                             bar’ that was prevalent in the 1950s        Davey, part of a series of portraits in the Science   year we began our Group-wide Open            Dame Mary Archer, to present Dame
                                             and 1960s and which denied promotion        Museum’s Medicine galleries                           Talk series, aiming to demonstrate           Sally with the Science Museum Group
                                             to black employees that British Rail                                                              firmly that STEM is for everyone and to      Fellowship. The show was poignant,
                                             had recruited among the Windrush                                                                  explore both the causes and symptoms         hilarious, informative and inspiring in
                                             generation. Following a guiding principle   about Manchester’s involvement in                     of discrimination based on race,             equal measure.
                                             of ‘additions not subtractions’, we are     the transatlantic slave trade. And upon               gender, sexuality, economic status
                                             focusing more curatorial resource on the    reopening the Science Museum in the                   or physical disability.                      Later that month, a panel chaired by
                                             untold stories of people forgotten by, or   summer, we highlighted new research                                                                Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley
                                             airbrushed out of, history.                 by Stephen Mullen at the University of                The series began with a discussion           explored issues of discrimination
                                                                                         Glasgow, which showed that steam-age                  between director of learning Susan           and bias in technology, followed by a
                                             This focus was reflected in our most        pioneer James Watt was directly involved              Raikes, director of people and culture       brilliant conversation between Sir Ian
                                             recent Collection Development               with the trade in enslaved people. This               Sarita Godber and Angela Saini, author       and Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO of
                                             Policy, and an Inclusive Display and        has also been reflected in changes to                 of Superior: The Return of Race Science,     Christian Aid and author of But Where
                                             Interpretation Action Plan setting out      interpretation at the museum.                         in front of an audience of colleagues        Are You Really From?
                                             our intent for each site. For example,                                                            and stakeholders in June 2020. It
                                             at the Science and Industry Museum          All of this is an ongoing process, but we             continued in September with Sir Ian          More events are planned for later in
                                             in Manchester we are working with           are deeply committed to reflecting our                Blatchford, joined by David Lammy MP,        2021, as we continue to engage with
                                             academic and cultural partners as well      audiences better in the stories we tell,              for a fascinating conversation live-         these vitally important issues.
                                             as with local communities to tell deeper,   whether in our museums or across our                  streamed from the Science Museum’s
                                             more diverse and personal stories           digital channels.                                     Information Age gallery.

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MANCHESTER'S NEW SPACE                                                                                                                                   FESTIVALS

                                             A spectacular new gallery is now                   This gallery will enable the museum to
                                             complete at the Science and Industry               display larger objects and exhibition
                                             Museum, ready for us to originate and              sets, as well as provide a better visitor

                                             host some of the world’s best science              experience and facilities for audiences
                                             exhibitions and experiences in the North.          to explore science in all its forms.

                                             Designed by award-winning                          Beautifully restored Victorian industrial

                                             architectural practice Carmody                     architecture is enhanced with high-
                                             Groarke, the transformation of the                 quality contemporary materials and
                                             lower ground floor of the museum’s                 design, including illuminated fibreglass
                                             Grade II-listed New Warehouse reveals              panels, which welcome visitors on arrival
                                             grand industrial beauty with stunning              with a warm glow. In the gallery, new
  Our Special Exhibitions                    modern and sustainable design,                     walls house all necessary services and
Gallery at the Science and                   setting a new standard for the rest                are a blank canvas for exhibitions.
                                             of the museum’s Masterplan.                                                                          Innovative thinking meant
Industry Museum is ready                                                                        An improved outdoor welcome area
to welcome visitors to its                   It opens up a previously hidden part of            provides stunning vistas under the
                                                                                                                                                  Bradford’s popular festival
 cutting-edge exhibitions                    this much loved museum for the first               historic viaduct. This beautiful colonnade       programme enjoyed another
                                             time, allowing visitors to experience              will shortly connect the museum with              successful year in spite of
                                             the grandeur and scale of the original             The Factory, a spectacular new arts                   Covid restrictions
                                             warehouse space.                                   venue under construction, as this vibrant
                                                                                                area of the city comes alive.
                                                                                                                                                All our museums had to adapt swiftly
                                                                                                This gallery is the first project to be         to the changing situation in 2020, and
                                                                                                completed in a multimillion-pound,              our popular festival programme at the
                                                                                                long-term programme of investment               National Science and Media Museum
                                                                                                (including The Power Hall, improvements         was no different.
                                                                                                to the 1830 Station and Warehouse, and
                                                                                                site-wide decarbonisation). This will           The Bradford Science Festival, which         shows, alongside 85,000 page views on             for families. The team’s excellent work
                                                                                                enable crucial restoration work, open           usually takes place during July and          the museum website. In total, it hosted           in distributing these packs during the
                                                                                                up new spaces and perspectives and              in previous years has welcomed up            120 online activities in partnership with         pandemic was recognised by the Kids
                                                                                                create a more sustainable museum to             to 40,000 visitors, was pushed back          more than 25 organisations, including             in Museums’ ‘Family Friendly Museum
                                                                                                inspire, educate and entertain visitors.        to October half-term as a result of          lead partner PPG.                                 Award From Home’ and shortlisting in
                                                                                                Revolution, after all, is in this site’s DNA.   lockdown. The festival team explored                                                           the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ category.
                                                                                                                                                a different programme of activities,         To help bridge the digital divide during
                                                                                                                                                including a focus on digital events,         lockdown, the Learning team also                  The Yorkshire Games Festival also moved
                                                                                                                                                radio programmes, and online learning        distributed 10,000 Science at Home                online in February for a special ‘Bonus
                                                                                                                                                resources. Despite its different look, the   packs to communities in Bradford –                Level’ edition. The popular Game Talks
                                                                                                                                                festival proved to be a huge success,        where access to the internet is limited           returned, hosted on Zoom webinar
                                                                                                                                                welcoming 4,000 visitors to its live         – featuring STEM learning activities              alongside a brand-new Discord server,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               with expert speakers from Epic Games,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ubisoft and Polish game developer CD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Above and left Taking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     place in October          Projekt Red. More than 1,300 tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     half-term, the festival   were sold for the event, which attracted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     welcomed 4,000 live       much wider audiences than the usual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     visitors, and provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in-museum offering, including
                                                ‘This new gallery opens up                                                                                                                                           120 activities online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               international delegates and educational
                                                a wealth of opportunity for                                                                                                                                                                    institutions. This resulted in online
                                                 the Science and Industry                                                                                                                                                                      unique user admissions of 2,760
                                                Museum and demonstrates                                                                                                                                                                        across all individual events.
                                              the importance of not only the                                                                                                                                                                   The festival also included online
                                                  heart of Manchester but                                                                                                                                            Funders Bradford          resources from BAFTA Young Game
                                               the whole of the North West’                                                                                                                                          Science Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lead partner PPG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Designers and the Northern Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sponsors The              Showcase. Taking the lead from the
                                                 Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Broadway, Bradford        Bradford Science Festival, the organisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bid Supported             distributed printed packs of offline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     by Players of the
        Funders The Special Exhibitions Gallery was made possible with the support of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport                                                                               People’s Postcode         games, maths and coding resources to
 Principal funder Wellcome Major funder Garfield Weston Foundation With support from Kirby Laing Foundation, The Zochonis Charitable Trust                                                                           Lottery                   2,000 households in Bradford.

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CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY                                                                                                            CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY

               EARTH                                                                                                                      OUR
                                                                                          ‘One of the difficult things with                                                        carbon emissions from our operations           ‘The Science Museum Group is
                                                                                           climate science is trying to                                                            by 69% since 2011–12 despite a 24%              the first cultural institution to
                                                                                                                                                                                   increase in floor area of our estate.
                                                                                           unpack these numbers which                                                                                                              join our membership and TPI
                                                                                           seem small when you look at                                                                                                             is delighted that it has chosen

              MATTERS                                                                                                                      NET
                                                                                                                                                                                   But we have so much more to do. Scope
                                                                                           the global averages but on a                                                            3 emissions account for 94% of our              to use our data as part of its
                                                                                           local level can have a huge                                                             carbon footprint and we are challenging         sustainability policy’
                                                                                                                                                                                   all our biggest suppliers to join us on the
                                                                                           impact on people’s lives.’                                                              journey to decarbonise. Each year we will      Faith Ward, co-chair of Transition

                                                                                          Tamsin Edwards, climate scientist                                                        work with a further 20 suppliers, while        Pathway Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                   raising the bar on sustainability for all
            As part of the Group’s climate-focused public                                                                                                                          new suppliers, until the majority of our
            programme for 2021, we hosted Climate Talks,                                                                                                                           Scope 3 emissions have been tackled.           As well as reducing our carbon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  emissions, we are enhancing
              a series of global free online debates from

                                                                                                                                                                                   As we demand more of ourselves and             biodiversity across all our Group’s sites.
            distinguished climate experts in the run-up to                                                                                                                         our suppliers, so we expect more of our        We are also removing carbon from the
               COP26, the international climate summit                                                                                                                             partners. This year we set out our             atmosphere via the 1,000 native trees
                                                                                                                                                                                   commitment to working with funders             we have pledged to plant every year
                                                                                                                                                                                   who are also on a journey to decarbonise,      on our collections management site
The Science Museum Group is                  The subsequent talks examined the            As testament to the truly global nature                                                  becoming the first cultural institution        in Wiltshire until 2030 with our new
committed to engaging audiences              subject from particular viewpoints. At       of the talks, one discussion, Why Half                                                   to use the respected Transition                partners, the Woodland Trust. This is
around the world with the science of         the climate-themed Manchester Science        a Degree Really Counts, with panellists          The Group is determined                 Pathway Initiative (TPI) to assess             in addition to 43,000 native trees we
and solutions to the urgent challenges       Festival, at the Science and Industry        Cassidy Kramer speaking from Alaska            to reduce carbon emissions                partners’ progress.                            have already planted there.
facing our planet. As part of our work       Museum, the scientist James Lovelock,        and Anote Tong in Kiribati, involved a            by demanding more of
in this area, the Group announced at         now aged 101, joined our discussion          21-hour time difference.                                                                 Using publicly disclosed data, TPI             There is a resounding scientific
the end of 2020 that it would focus on       Earth, But Not As We Know It: Lovelock’s
                                                                                                                                         ourselves and our suppliers               assesses the progress that companies           consensus about the scale of the
sustainability and climate change in its     Legacy and Our Future. This fascinating      Other talks looked at The View from                                                      are making on the transition to a low-         challenge facing the world in mitigating
public programme throughout 2021.            talk explored his seminal Gaia Theory;       Space – with contributions from                                                          carbon economy, supporting efforts to          climate change. As we join the public,
                                             the panellists included journalist Gaia      astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim             To become a leader in public                mitigate climate change.                       businesses and governments in
The series of Climate Talks, which are       Vince, physicist Helen Czerski, climate      Peake – and the science of greenhouse        engagement around climate change, we                                                       changing the way we live and work we
broadcast from the Group’s museums           scientist Chris Rapley and climate           gas removal, whose panel included Emily      recently launched an ambitious target       Faith Ward, co-chair of Transition             can expect that path ahead to be bumpy,
and streamed to connect with our             activist Zamzam Ibrahim.                     Shuckburgh, director of Cambridge Zero,      of net zero by 2033 – work led by our       Pathway Initiative, says: ‘Science is at the   but there is no more important task.
expanding global audience, brings                                                         and Gideon Henderson, chief scientific       Group sustainability lead, Julia Knights.   forefront of finding solutions to the most
together a diverse, distinguished            The series also looked at climate            adviser for DEFRA. Further talks looked      To achieve this, we are already taking      pressing challenges facing the world…
line-up of international speakers, from      activism, in a talk involving the musician   at The Clean Energy Revolution, The          decisive action to decarbonise across       and is also at the heart of TPI’s robust,      Below, from left Matt Moore, head of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   independent data to assess whether             National Collections Centre, Julia Knights,
climate scientists and economists to         Brian Eno and James Thornton,                Future of Fuel and How are our Oceans        our five museums and collections sites.                                                    Science Museum deputy director, and Jeremy
activists and politicians, to debate         chief executive of ClientEarth, and          Responding to Climate Change?                                                            high-emitting companies are aligning           Evans, outreach adviser for the Woodland Trust,
the technological and nature-based           economics, in which leading experts                                                       Our approach to this vital subject          with the goals of the Paris Agreement.’        plant trees at our Wroughton site
solutions to tackling the climate crisis.    discussed whether capitalist economies       More events in the Climate Talks series      is guided by science, following the
                                             are compatible with sustainable              were announced at the time of going to       internationally respected Science
The discussions began in January 2021        development. The latter talk took            press. The full list of talks and speakers   Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) tool and
with Climate Change: Why Should We           place between Sir Partha Dasgupta,           can be found at:          including in our calculations both our
Care?; this panel included the renowned      lead author of the ground-breaking           uk/see-and-do/climate-talks                  direct emissions and those that arise
conservationist Jane Goodall, activist       Economics of Biodiversity report,                                                         in our supply chain (known as Scope
Wanju� hı� Njoroge, Danish politician Kira   climate scientist Joanna Haigh,                                                           3 emissions) – as all credible net zero
Peter-Hansen and climate scientist
Tamsin Edwards. Hosted by Hannah Fry,
                                             US economist Robert Pollin, Anusha
                                             Shah, vice-president of the Institute
                                                                                          30,000                                       targets should.

mathematician and Science Museum             of Civil Engineering, and the                30,000 people have tuned in or booked        Our net zero target builds on our
Group trustee, the event looked at how       broadcaster Jon Snow.                        a free ticket to Climate Talks so far        Sustainability Policy and represents
we can track the global impact                                                                                                         our response to the science of
of climate change and what can be                                                                                                      climate change that requires radical
done to help shift societies and                                                                                                       decarbonisation across all sectors to
industries to more sustainable practices.                                                                                              keep global temperature rises below
                                                                                                                                       1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the
                                                                                                                                       end of the century.

                                                                                                                                       In driving further change in our own
                                                                                                                                       behaviours, we are building on sound
                                                                                                                                       foundations; we have already cut

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CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY                                                                                                                 CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY

   ‘We hope that visitors will              While the Group is a leader in raising                                 1st                       ‘The community has really come together from                       Left The Our Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Planet exhibition at
    leave feeling inspired by               climate awareness through exhibitions
                                                                                                                   This is the
                                                                                                                                              different backgrounds and cultures, faith and                     the Science Museum
                                            and events, its approach to sustainability                                                         no faith. That’s what has kept people going’                     Right and below
   the ambition of scientists               has also led to a transformation in its
                                                                                                                   first time the                                                                               Hussain Master, part
    and engineers to build a                                                                                       Klaus Lackner                   Hussain Master, train manager, Avanti West Coast             of the Railway Heroes
                                            working practices, including setting a                                                                                                                              exhibition: Science
         greener future’                    target this year to achieve net zero by
                                                                                                                   Tree has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Museum Conservation
                                            2033. In keeping with this commitment,                                                                                                                              staff working on the
       Sophie Waring, curator of                                                                                   displayed in                                                                                 install of objects for
                                            sustainability has been at the core of                                                                                                                              the Our Future Planet
        contemporary science                                                                                       the UK
                                            the development of the exhibition. The                                                                                                                              exhibition
                                            majority of objects are locally sourced
                                            and the exhibition reuses sets, display

                                            furniture and audio-visual equipment
                                            from previous exhibitions at the museum.

                                            On first entering the exhibition, visitors
                                            encounter ancient means of carbon
                                            capture, trees and plants. Natural carbon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 0.41 ton
  FUTURE                                    sinks, from forests to peat bogs to
                                            oceans, absorb around half of human
                                            carbon dioxide emissions, and scientists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Estimated carbon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 footprint saving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the use of
                                            are working to understand, preserve and                                                                                                                                                                              virtual couriering
                                            protect these vital habitats.                                                                                                                                                                                        in The Sun
   The Science Museum has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deinstallation:
      opened Britain’s first                Inspired by trees and driven to              Our Future Planet also shows systems                                                                                                                                    0.41 ton/

    significant exhibition on               contribute to the fight against climate      being developed to remove carbon                                                                                                                                        CO2e. A return
   carbon capture, featuring                change, many scientists and engineers        dioxide at the point of emission,                                                                                                                                       flight London –
                                            are now developing artificial ways to        effectively preventing it from entering                                                                                                                                 Copenhagen uses
       objects never seen                   capture carbon dioxide. The exhibition       the atmosphere at source.                                                                                                                                               0.3 ton/CO2e
        before in the UK

                                            includes a striking early prototype:
                                            Klaus Lackner’s Mechanical Tree. The         Visitors can see how these technologies
                                            Group has acquired this historically         will impact their lives, from large-scale                                                                                                       the National Science and Media Museum,
Opening at the Science Museum on 19         significant object for our permanent         projects like the Northern Endurance                                                                                                            Railway Heroes at the National Railway
May 2021 , Our Future Planet explores       collection, and this is the first time it    Partnership, which will store captured                                                                                                          Museum and RPS Science Photographer
how scientists and researchers across       has been displayed in the UK.                carbon dioxide under the North Sea, to                                                                                                          of the Year at the Science and Industry
the world are researching ways to                                                        everyday commercial products that                           The Group has introduced reforms                                                    Museum, have negated the energy
remove and store carbon dioxide, a small    The exhibition explains how carbon           will help consumers reduce their                             to the way we work to ensure we                                                    costs of producing physical exhibitions.
but significant area of innovation in the   dioxide that has been pulled from the        carbon footprints.                                                                                                                              Meanwhile, our digital Blueprint Packs
fight against climate change.               atmosphere can be stored or utilised
                                                                                                                                                       meet our sustainability targets                                                   continued to reach audiences globally,
                                            to prevent it from being re-released.                                                                                                                                                        removing the environmental impact of
Carbon dioxide is essential to life         It showcases the Climeworks Direct           Below Items made with captured carbon:              The Science Museum Group launched         Collaborating with colleagues in                  international shipping – Superbugs from
on Earth but over the past century          Air Capture machine from Switzerland,        toothpaste, crayons, concrete tiles, sandal, hand   its Group Exhibitions Strategy in         Corporate Records, our exhibition teams           the Science Museum opened in South
                                                                                         sanitiser, yoga mat, vodka, sunglasses, bracelet,
industrialisation has caused levels         the only direct-air-capture technology       plastic cutlery, pen with case, and toy car that    March 2020, with a renewed focus on       are shifting from one of the most paper-          Korea in November 2020 and Never
of it to rise in the atmosphere, with       operating in Europe.                         runs on fuel made of carbon dioxide                 sustainability, both in our practices     rich departments in the Group to greater          Alone from the National Science and
devastating results. Our Future Planet                                                                                                       and content. Although the pandemic        emphasis on digital record-keeping.               Media Museum opened in Saudi Arabia
inspires our visitors by showing some                                                                                                        drastically reduced the number of                                                           in January 2021.
of the incredible technologies under                                                                                                         exhibitions we produced in 2020, we       Working with the Registration team, we
development which, in combination with                                                                                                       were nevertheless able to make            have also been trialling virtual couriering       We also began building sustainability as
large reductions in emissions, have the                                                                                                      progress towards more sustainable         to reduce our carbon footprint when               a subject into our exhibition programme,
potential to reduce the environmental                                                                                                        ways of working as a result of the        we move objects around the world. For             with Our Future Planet opening in spring
impact of the industries we rely on,                                                                                                         strategy’s initiatives.                   the deinstallation of The Sun exhibition          2021 at the Science Museum. This
from transport to agriculture and from                                                                                                                                                 at the Science and Industry Museum,               year’s RPS Science Photographer of the
construction to energy.                                                                                                                      These have included improving our         for example, loans from the National              Year was part of the climate-focused
                                                                                                                                             reuse of assets such as audio-visual      Museum of Denmark were condition-                 Manchester Science Festival.
Our Future Planet forms a key part of                                                                                                        hardware and display cases, as well as    checked and packed with remote
the Science Museum Group’s climate-                                                                                                          producing guidance on disposing of        supervision from the Danish team.
focused public programme for 2021 in                                                                                                         old setworks and building materials       The programme has also focused on
the run-up to Britain hosting the COP26                                                                                                      sustainably. We are working on ways       improving sustainable ways of reaching            Funders Our Future Planet Major funder UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Research and Innovation Major sponsor Shell
UN Climate Change Conference (see                                                                                                            to embed sustainability in our            our audiences. Online exhibitions, such           Associate funders AKO Foundation, The Huo
Director's welcome, page 3).                                                                                                                 procurement processes.                    as Pathology: Diagnosing Disease at               Family Foundation

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CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY                                                                                  CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY

           IDEAS FOR                                                             The Manchester Science Festival, a                                      The Science and Industry Museum is       Today, this outdoor space is particularly
                                                                                 highlight of the city’s cultural calendar,                              located on a site of global significance precious to us, providing much-needed
                                                                                 returned in February 2021 as an online-                                 in the heart of the world’s first industrial
                                                                                                                                                                                                  areas in which to sit and relax, as well
                                                                                 only event, with a packed programme                                     city, and our new garden planted in the  as giving visitors a sense of how the

            A BETTER
                                                                                 focused on our changing climate. In                                     museum’s Upper Yard is in the spirit of  historic site developed over time. Over
                                                                                 the middle of lockdown, it brought the                                  that forward-thinking tradition.         the past year, we have installed seating
                                                                                 joy and fascination of the Science and                                                                           and a garden designed by Alexandra
                                                                                 Industry Museum into people’s homes.                                    Historically, our cobbled Upper Yard     Froggatt, who in 2018 created our Bee
                                                                                                                                                         would have been a hive of coal-fuelled   Garden. Planting is in two clusters,

                                                                                 Headlining the festival was a digital                                   commerce, receiving and distributing     representing both the goods that would
                                                                                 exhibition revealing the winners of the                                 goods from across the world, transported once have been transported on the
                                                                                 Royal Photographic Society’s Science                                    via steam-powered locomotives.           railway to feed Manchester’s growing
                                                                                 Photographer of the Year, which included                                                                         population, as well as the sorts of
                                                                                 a new climate change category chosen                                                                             materials that were brought to site to
                                                                                 from more than 1,000 entries.                                                                                    fuel industry in the city.

           ‘This year’s Science Photographer of the Year is                      Well-known names and scientists                                                                                        The materials and structures used
           more relevant than ever before in documenting                         at the forefront of the fight against                                                                                  in the garden have been specifically
          how science and climate change are impacting all                       climate change presented fascinating                                                                                   selected to maximise sustainability.
                                                                                 discussions alongside voices from                                                                                      Planting includes long-lasting perennials
          our lives. The selected images are striking and will                   Manchester’s communities.                                                                                              and evergreen shrubbery to keep the
            make us think more about the world around us’                                                                                                                                               botanical beds blooming year after year,
          Michael Pritchard, director, Education and Public Affairs at the RPS   Physicist, oceanographer and                                                                                           and the adaptable garden structures can
                                                                                 broadcaster Helen Czerski asked the                                                                                    be relocated around the site as required.
                                                                                 question, ‘How can I be a good citizen
                                                                                 of the world?’ during a series of three                                                                                The new garden display extends the
                                                                                 lively discussions about transport, food                                                                               inspiring experiences we offer inside
                                                                                 and social justice. These took place                                                                                   our galleries across our outdoor spaces.
                                                                                 with communities and campaigners who                                                                                   It works alongside our new outdoor
                                                                                 are making a difference, including Paul                                                                                trail to help visitors further explore the
                                                                                 Dennett, the mayor of Salford, Corin Bell,                                                                             museum’s history and the stories we tell,

                                                                                 director of Open Kitchen MCR, Ayesha                                                                                   and reveal the wonder of our globally
                                                                                 Arif, community director at Bury Asian                                                                                 significant site. It is also an important
                                                                                 Women’s Centre, and many more.                                                                                         contribution towards reducing our
                                                                                                                                                                                                        carbon footprint for the benefit of the
                                                                                 Young people have been at the heart of                                                                                 climate, local communities and wildlife.

                                                                                 the festival this year, with a dedicated
                                                                                 Young People Panel, aged between                                                                                       The garden is part of our ongoing,
                                                                                 14 and 24, who ensured the voices                                                                                      multimillion-pound Masterplan to unite
                                                                                 and interests of young people were                                                                                     the museum’s original features with new
                                                                                 represented. This culminated in an                                                                                     additions to secure a sustainable future.
                                                                                 insightful discussion about eco-anxiety,     Our beautiful new garden in Manchester
                                                                                 which they curated. It was chaired by
                                                                                 Nile Henry, founder and CEO of The Blair
                                                                                                                                   reflects our commitment to a
                                                                                 Project, and featured discussions from        climate-friendly museum experience
                                                                                 Newsround presenter Martin Dougan,
Above Comet Neowise
over Sycamore Gap by                                                             environmentalist Mya-Rose Craig and
Mark McNeill                                                                     Caroline Hickman, a lecturer in social
Right Sally MacDonald,                                                           work at the University of Bath.
director of the
Science and Industry
Museum, at the launch                                                            As the birthplace of the Industrial
of the festival                                                                  Revolution, Manchester was the
                                                                                 catalyst for scientific innovation and
                                                                                 unprecedented change all over the                                                                                                            Left and top Black
Funders Manchester                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tulip Mammogram by
Science Festival                                                                 world. Now, with Greater Manchester’s                                                                                                        Peter Dazeley, which
Major sponsors Chiesi                                                            vision of becoming carbon neutral by                                                                                                         is part of the Group's
Waters Sponsor                                                                   2038, the city is once again uniquely                                                                                                        collection; a detail
Electricity North West                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the sustainable
Event sponsor Cadent                                                             placed to influence future progress                                                                                                          garden at our
Gas Supporter Renold                                                             across the globe.                                                                                                                            Manchester museum

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IMAX: THE RONSON THEATRE                                                                                                                     DAILY HERALD ARCHIVE

                                                                                          ‘The 12-channel, precision,                                                                                                                  Left Winston Churchill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Charles de Gaulle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Below Dean Martin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Frank Sinatra
                                                                                           crystal clear sound system                                                                                                                  (Anthony Eden stands     arrive at London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       behind Churchill)        Airport in 1961;
                                                                                           isn’t just heard, it’s also felt...                                                                                                         at the Liberation of     Bernard Cribbins and
                                                                                           it left the hairs on my                                                                                                                     Paris, August 1944       Barbara Windsor star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in Carry on Spying
                                                                                           arms saluting the realness                                                                                                                                           (1964)

                                                                                           I was witnessing!’
                                                                                          Chloe Cowan, On in London

                   The Science Museum’s spectacular
                 new cinema, IMAX: The Ronson Theatre,
                    opened with the UK premiere of
                       BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D

                                                                                                                   The enormous new
                                                                                                                   screen is installed at
                                                                                                                   the IMAX cinema at
                                                                                                                   the Science Museum

Following 10 months of closure to              all, allowed cinema-goers to experience    ‘A screen that is now
allow for a major revamp, the Science          Antarctica’s breathtaking landscape,        undoubtedly a jewel in
Museum’s popular IMAX® cinema                  treacherous climate and incredible
                                                                                                                                                        In a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture,
returned in December 2020 to cement            wildlife through the wonders of 3D and
                                                                                           the crown for London                                        the Group is digitising our historic Daily Herald
its place as Europe’s leading destination      immersive sound.                            big-screen cinema’                                                       photographic archive
for film fans. Bringing together next-                                                    Benny Har-Evan, Forbes
generation IMAX® with Laser and IMAX           Sustainability has been at the heart
70mm film – the original champion of           of the refurbishment, with carpets                                                           The Daily Herald Archive is the largest     British newspaper in the middle of the
analogue cinema – the newly named              woven from recycled plastic, new LED                                                         single collection in the Science Museum     20th century. It documents significant
IMAX: The Ronson Theatre presents an           lighting and 3D glasses that will last     former digital equipment has been                 Group. It comprises more than 3.5 million   international moments in history, such
immersive storytelling experience with         over four times as long as previous        donated to the historic Tyneside Cinema           individual photographs from the photo       as the Spanish Civil War, the rise of
decades of scientific ingenuity at its core.   models. Modern cinema seating is made      in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Oban               library of the daily British newspaper,     fascism, the abdication crisis and the
                                               of recycled fibre, while a transformed     Phoenix, a community-owned cinema                 which was published in London               General Strike, alongside regional and
As one of only two screens in Europe           concessions area completes the             in Oban, Scotland.                                from 1912 to 1964. It includes prints       national events. It is a treasure trove of
to feature the very best of both digital       experience with a bar stocked with                                                           from press agencies and freelance           portraits of public figures, celebrities
and analogue cinema, IMAX: The Ronson          refreshments from local suppliers who      Sir Ian Blatchford, Group director,               photographers alongside work created        and ordinary people.
Theatre is sure to become a favourite          share the Science Museum Group’s           said: ‘We’re delighted to be safely               by Herald staff photographers.
among film buffs and museum-goers,             passion for a more sustainable future.     welcoming back audiences to our                                                               Beyond the images themselves, the              project called ‘Communities and Crowds’.
promising an array of newly released                                                      revamped IMAX cinema, hopefully                   With the support of Google Arts &           captions and editorial marks tell us rich      This is a collaboration between the
blockbusters, 3D educational films and         The Group has also championed the work     projecting some joy as well as igniting           Culture, we have been able to begin a       stories about how these images were            National Science and Media Museum,
cinema classics as well as live events.        of independent cinemas while ensuring      curiosity in our visitors with incredible         pilot phase of digitisation of the Daily    created and used by the editors and art        the University of Oxford and the Adler
                                               the continued legacy of the Science        stories of scientific endeavour. Cinema           Herald Archive, an ambitious project that   directors of the Daily Herald.                 Planetarium to create a volunteer-led
Complementing the Science Museum               Museum’s much-loved former IMAX            has a tremendous power to spark our               aims to create 18,000 new digital images                                                   digitisation process for the Daily Herald
Group’s focus on climate change for            space. Seats from the theatre, which       imagination and transport us to other             of the paper’s photographs.                 We have borrowed image scanners and            Archive, which will ultimately result in an
2021 and beyond, the cinema opened             witnessed incredible guest speakers        worlds, a means of escape that is                                                             hired a team to start documenting and          online ‘citizen-science’ platform.
with the UK premiere of BBC Earth’s            at live events – from and Bill   much needed by us all today.’                     This project will help us unlock one of     digitising the collection. New stories
Antarctica 3D narrated by the actor            Gates to Stephen Hawking and                                                                 the most compelling visual collections      will be created for Google Arts & Culture      Over the next three years we will be
Benedict Cumberbatch. The thought-             astronaut Helen Sharman – have found                                                         in the Science Museum Group. This           and the Group’s online collection. This,       delving into the Daily Herald Archive to
                                                                                          Funders IMAX: The Ronson Theatre
provoking documentary, exploring how           new homes at the Leigh Film Society        Title sponsor The Gerald and Gail Ronson          photographic archive represents             however, is just the first step. We are also   make this incredibly rich collection more
changes on the icy continent affect us         and Showroom Workstation, while            Family Foundation                                 everything that was newsworthy for a        launching a three-year research-funded         visible, relevant and open for all.

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COVID COLLECTING                                                                                                                                      COVID-19 EFFORT

                                                                                                                                              ‘It has been so much work to
                                                                                                                                               try and develop the vaccine
                                                                                                                                                 in time, but we did it! The
                                                                                                                                                 moment we saw Margaret

                                                                                                                                                     get vaccinated was
                                                                                                                                                    incredibly emotional’
                                                                                                                                                        Berkeley Phillips,
                                                                                                                                                   UK medical director of Pfizer

        The Group has set up a dedicated project to ensure
           historically significant artefacts from the UK’s
          pandemic response form part of our collections

                                                                                                                                                                                               During the pandemic, we opened the             ‘With genomic epidemiology,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Science Museum as an NHS vaccination            we’ve created an observatory
                                                                                                                                               As part of an organised                         centre, organised a major online event to
                                                                                                                                              response to Covid-19, the                        examine vaccine hesitancy, and provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that reveals the genetic life
                                                                                                                                             Group interviewed scientists,                     extensive detailed information about            of the virus in real time’
                                                                                                                                             published blogs to help the                       rapidly emerging Covid-19 science.             Oliver Pybus, professor of evolution and
                                                                                                                                                public understand the                                                                         infectious disease, University of Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                               While vials for the first coronavirus
                                                                                                                                               disease, and offered its                        vaccines were collected and put on
Perhaps the most unexpected challenge      to see selected objects from this           Above The first vial of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine         museums to the NHS as                           display in Medicine: The Wellcome
posed to the Science Museum Group’s        project on display in the Medicine and      to be administered outside clinical trials                                                              Galleries at the Science Museum, the
                                                                                       Left Emily Lawson, vaccine lead for NHS               vaccination and test centres
‘rapid-response’ curatorial team           Communities gallery. Central to this        England; Julia Knights, deputy director,                                                                Group was already taking part in the
has been the Covid-19 pandemic. As         display is the syringe and vial used to     Science Museum; Sir Ian Blatchford, Group                                                               nationwide testing and vaccination
Britain began to enforce measures to       vaccinate Margaret Keenan, the world’s      director; Natasha McEnroe, keeper of                                                                    programmes. Locomotion in Shildon
                                                                                       medicine, Science Museum; Felicity Buchan
combat the crisis, our curators quickly    first person to receive the Pfizer-         MP; Oliver Dowden MP, Culture Secretary              The Science Museum Group was proud                 opened as a Covid testing site in              From the first lockdown in March 2020,
established the Covid-19 Collecting        BioNTech vaccine to protect against                                                              to be engaged in a busy programme of               July 2020, while in March 2021, the            Roger Highfield, science director of the
Project in an effort to ensure artefacts   Covid-19 outside the clinical trials. It                                                         activities over the course of the past             Science Museum in London opened as a           Group, wrote a series of fascinating long-
from this important period in history      also includes the vial that contained       25-year lifespan and were waiting for                year as part of its response to Covid-19,          vaccination centre for the NHS Clinical        form Q&A blogs about the pandemic, in
were acquired by the Group.                the first Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine       our audiences when the Science                       with a particular focus on improving               Commissioning Group for six months.            which he interviewed leading scientists
                                           to be administered, and examples of         Museum reopened its doors in the                     public understanding and helping the                                                              (quotes are highlighted, top left and
Since the opening of the Science           lectern signage used during the UK          spring. The medicine collection in these             vaccine rollout.                                   Prior to this, the Science Museum had          above). These provided insights into the
Museum’s acclaimed Medicine: The           government’s press conferences to           new Wellcome galleries is one of the                                                                    hosted the first in a series of three online   global research effort, from the use of
Wellcome Galleries in November 2019,       reinforce public health messaging in        finest in the world. Comprising both the                                                                vaccine events in February about the           modelling and electron microscopy to
our curators have sought to expand the     their pandemic response.                    Sir Henry Wellcome Historic Museum                                                                      growing problem of vaccine hesitancy.          the role of organoids in understanding
collection of medical-related objects                                                  Collection, on loan from Wellcome since                                                                 This featured a distinguished panel            the long-term effects of the disease.
to ensure that the latest scientific and   It’s been an exciting challenge for the     1979, and the Science Museum’s own                                                                      of speakers, including Anthony Fauci,
biomedical research is captured for        curatorial team. When Medicine: The         medicine collection, it has more than                                                                   chief medical adviser to US President          Many leading figures took part in the
future study and display. In March 2020,   Wellcome Galleries opened in November       150,000 objects. It is expanding all the                                                                Joe Biden, and Nadhim Zahawi, the UK’s         Q&As, including the developers of the
the team set up the Covid-19 Collecting    2019 at the end of an eight-year project,   time – as the Covid-19 Collecting Project                                                               vaccine deployment minister. The talk          Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Valneva and
Project, advised by an external advisory   no one could have guessed that their        has already demonstrated.                                                                               was widely reported in the media.              Janssen vaccines, Neil Ferguson, head of
panel chaired by Julia Knights, deputy     first year of opening would be abruptly                                                                                                                                                            the Imperial College Covid-19 Response
director of the Science Museum.            cut short by a global pandemic. The                                                                                                                 In an accompanying blog, Group curator         Team, and Kate Bingham, who chaired
                                           carefully planned schedule of public        Funders Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries                                                                Imogen Clarke looked back at the               the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce. A large online
The team have been collecting              events and learning activities were         Title funder Wellcome Supported by National                                                             history of vaccine hesitancy, which            readership across the world consulted
                                                                                       Lottery Heritage Fund Principal sponsor GSK          Above Health Secretary     Top HRH The Duke of
acquisitions on behalf of the nation       instead conducted online, while the         Major funder The Wolfson Foundation Major            Matt Hancock receives      Cambridge receives      emerged after the first vaccination            more than 110,000 words Highfield wrote
to reflect the medical, public health,     pleasure of seeing our visitors enjoying    sponsor Vitabiotics Funders Art Fund, Stavros        a first dose of Covid-19   his first dose of       against smallpox, carried out by the           on the subject for the blogs. In addition
industrial and scientific responses        the galleries had to be postponed.          Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Thanks to Britford         vaccine from Jonathan      vaccine at the NHS      English country doctor Edward Jenner           to his Group work, Highfield also advised
                                                                                       Bridge Trust, Medical Sciences Historical Society,   Van-Tam, deputy chief      vaccination centre at
to the pandemic. When the Science          However, these five vast exhibition         Dr Martin Schoernig and an anonymous donor           medical officer, at the    the Science Museum      in 1796, through the lens of the Science       the Medical Research Council and the
Museum reopened, visitors were able        spaces were designed to have a              Media partner The Observer                           Science Museum                                     Museum Group Collection.                       Academy of Medical Sciences.

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