The Science Museum Group is the world’s leading group of science museums, comprising the Science Museum, London; the National Railway Museum, York; the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford; the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester; Locomotion, Shildon; and the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire. The group shares its internationally significant collection of items relating to science, technology, engineering, medicine, transport and media with over five million visitors each year. The Science Museum Group regularly works with artists across their sites, adding to the permanent collection, developing exhibitions and galleries, and contributing to their events programme.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, Greater London SW7 2DD
The Science Museum was founded in 1909 but has its origins in the South Kensington Museum of 1857. The Art Collection contains more than 8,000 works. Notable bequests include the Penn-Gaskell Collection (ballooning, aeronautics) and Woodcroft Collection (portraits from the Patent Office Museum). The museum continues to collect and commission artworks relating to the history of science, technology and medicine. Contemporary artists featured in the collection include Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Marlene Dumas, Antony Gormley, Thomas Heatherwick, Cornelia Parker and Yinka Shonibare.
National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire YO26 4XJ
The National Railway Museum Collection contains some 4600 artworks created by artists inspired by the railways or commissioned by them to promote their services. Many feature railway scenes, but a group of original poster artworks also encompass a wide range of places, subjects, styles and artists. The National Railway Museum was founded in 1975, and its art collection combines works from the former York Railway Museum, the Museum of British Transport and the Science Museum. The museum continues to collect works relating to the story of railways. Artists represented in the collection include Abraham Solomon, George Earl, William Powell Frith, John Wilson Carmichael, Stanhope Forbes, Spencer Gore, Henry Lamb, Frank Brangwyn and Terence Cuneo.
National Science and Media Museum
Pictureville, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ
At the National Science and Media Museum, we explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. We aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. Our galleries and exhibition spaces help us illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Our collections include the work of W.H.F. Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Morley, Tony Ray-Jones and many others. We work with artists to explore and understand our collections and the implications that sound and image technologies have on our lives.
Science and Industry Museum
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 4FP
The Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond. On the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city we care for a globally important heritage site comprising five listed buildings. Alongside our world class collections, we host a vibrant contemporary science exhibitions and events programme, and the Manchester Science Festival, which regularly showcase artistic commissions. In recent years we have worked with Nikhil Chopra, Tania Kovats, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Yu-Chen Wang.