Our Work with Other Museums

As a National Museum we are committed to providing greater access to our collections, knowledge, expertise and skills through our work with organisations across the UK and internationally.

Increasing access to collections through loans

We are home to over 3 million items of historical and cultural significance, and our diverse collection encompasses some of the finest and most compelling visual material to be found anywhere in the world.

For information about our loans process, please visit the Science Museum Group Loans to Other Institutions page.

Sharing our skills, knowledge and expertise

Our staff hold a wealth of knowledge and expertise around the collections, exhibitions, film, conservation, programming and learning. We seek to share our expertise and learn from others through conferences, specialist groups and publications. Here are some examples of how we share our skills and knowledge:

  • Exhibitions and Galleries Development
    We are happy to share our experience of exhibition and gallery planning, design and delivery. We offer professional development opportunities, including some opportunities to work shadow members of our Exhibition Team. For more information please contact Michael Terwey, Exhibitions Display Manager: michael.terwey@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
  • Film Expertise
    If you are looking for advice about film exhibition, technical specifications and programming, we are happy to share our knowledge. For more information please contact Kathryn Penny, Film Manager: kathryn.penny@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
  • North Yorkshire Digital Cinema Scheme
    We support rural and hard to reach urban communities under served by cinema provision in Yorkshire and Cumbria through our community outreach project, Cine North. Established in 2012, Cine North has screened a diverse range of films to more than 65,000 people at over 100 venues, ranging from village halls and arts centres to festivals, stately homes and even a water mill. Cine North is a strategic partner of Film Hub North, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. Anyone who wants to find out more about the project or register their interest in joining the network should contact Rachel McWatt rachel.mcwatt@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
  • Curatorial Expertise
    We regularly share curatorial knowledge and understanding with museum colleagues around our core subject areas. We can also provide museo-legal direction on issues such as copyright, ethics, policy and procedural development. For further information please contact Michael Terwey, Exhibition & Displays Manager: michael.terwey@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
  • Conservation Advice
    We have a dedicated paper and photographic conservator who can offer remote advice on request. For further information please contact Vanessa Torres, Conservator: vanessa.torres@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.

Extending our reach

We work with other museums and partner organisations to reach new audiences and share skills. Examples include:

  • Touring Exhibitions
    We run a touring exhibition programme, and are always looking for partners with whom to develop our touring programme. Enquiries for touring should be directed to our Touring Exhibitions Team: touring.exhibitions@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.
  • Exhibition Partnerships
    We are working as part of a cultural consortium across the Yorkshire and Humber region to develop and deliver a 26 month long programme of exhibitions and events in response to the Cultural Olympiad. The consortium includes Harewood House, the National Centre for Early Music, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Alchemy, and Bradford Museums and Galleries.
  • Art in Yorkshire
    We are involved in the Art in Yorkshire 2011 initiative. Supported by Tate, Art in Yorkshire is a programme of visual art exhibitions and events involving museums and galleries across the region. For further information about partnerships, please contact Amanda Chinneck, Exhibitions Display Manager: amanda.chinneck@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk
  • Research
    We have a formal partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. The partnership is a major collaborative research project, investigating aspects of the National Photography Collection in our care. The initial results of this project formed the subject of an international conference, Niépce In England, in October 2010.
  • Networks
    We actively participate in a range of sector networks, supporting UK wide collaborations and more specific collaboration across Yorkshire's museums. These include Screen Heritage Subject Specialist Network, Yorkshire & Humberside Museums and Art Galleries Federation, and Yorkshire Museums Directors Conference.