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Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group logo

The Science Museum Group (SMG)[1] is a collection of British museums, comprising:

Prior to 1 April 2012, the group was known as the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI).[2][3]


The term "National Museum of Science and Industry" had been in use as the Science Museum's subtitle since the early 1920s. The National Railway Museum and National Photography Museum were later established as "outstations." The Science Museum was run directly by [4] At this point, NMSI no longer operated as part of a central government department; instead, it now has the status of a non-departmental public body, operating within the public sector but separately from its associated sponsoring government department, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The NMSI operates as a charity; it also has a wholly owned subsidiary trading company, NMSI Trading Limited, which was established in 1988.

From January 2012 the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester became part of the NMSI group.[5][6]

There were concerns that some of the SMG's museums would close under the 2013 Spending Review.[7]

Directors of NMSI

The following have been Directors of the National Museum of Science and Industry and the Science Museum:

The following have separately been Directors of the NMSI:


  1. ^ "Science Museum Group - About us" (aspx). Science Museum Group. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Science Museum Group Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12" (pdf). Science Museum Group. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  3. ^ "National Accounts Classification Decisions - May 2012" (xls).  
  4. ^ National Museum of Science and Industry: Annual Report and Accounts 2008–09, NMSI, UK.
  5. ^ "Manchester's MOSI and London's Science Museum to merge". BBC News. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry to become part of national Science Museum". Manchester Evening News. 2011-12-02. 
  7. ^

External links

  • NMSI main website
  • Science Museum, London
  • National Media Museum
  • National Railway Museum
  • The official NMSI print website containing over 40,000 images from the various museum collections
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