SMG - A Family of Museums

The National Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group (SMG) which is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. Its Collections, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine, design and enterprise, transport and media, are the largest, most comprehensive and most significant in their field anywhere in the world. SMG cares for more than six million artifacts, making it one of the largest national museums.

SMG incorporates the Science Museum, the Science Museum Library and the Wellcome Collections of the history of medicine in South Kensington; the National Railway Museum in York; the National Media Museum in Bradford; Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon; the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester; and Concorde 002 with its associated exhibition at Yeovilton. Collection stores are located in Wroughton, Swindon; Blythe House in West Kensington; Foundry Lane in York and Black Dyke Mills in Bradford.

SMG is run by an executive group led by Director Ian Blatchford.


The Trustees of SMG have statutory duties under the National Heritage Act 1983 for the general management and control of SMG. Within the framework of these statutory duties, the role of the Trustees is to establish SMG’s policy, review performance and endorse appointments to key management positions.

The SMG Board of Trustees is chaired by Dame Mary Archer. Lord (Michael) Grade of Yarmouth sits on both the National Media Museum Advisory Committee (as chairman), and the SMG Board of Trustees.

Find more information including biographies and a Register of Interests on the SMG Trustees page.


SMG's annual reports are available from the SMG website.


Download documents about SMG's funding agreements, policies and accounts on the SMG Policy Documents page.

Corporate Plan

You can download summary and full versions of the most recent SMG Corporate Plan, which outlines the Museum's vision, mission, guiding principles, strategy and progress so far.

Data Protection and Freedom Of Information

To request access to any information we may hold about you, see the Data Protection Enquiries form by going to SMG enquiries.

From January 2005, the Freedom of Information Act allows any member of the public to access recorded information held by SMG, with a few exceptions. For these types of enquiries, access the Freedom Of Information Enquires for SMG form on the SMG enquiries page.

Public Sector Information

For full guidance as to the Science Museum Group's public task and the procedure for making a re-use request, see the SMG Public Sector Information page.