Science Museum Group Makes Research Available to All


The Science Museum Group (SMG) has launched a new digital open-access Journal, featuring peer-reviewed articles on the history and communication of science and its role in museums. Published biannually, the Journal will include new research and articles linked to the work of four national UK museums (the Science Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, National Railway Museum and National Media Museum). The Journal’s content is available for free online and can be shared widely through a CC BY Creative Commons licence.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group commented, “Research is on the rise within the Science Museum Group and I am proud that we can now share this growing body of work with everyone online. Through contributions from experts within the SMG and outside the museums, the Journal demonstrates our commitment to developing a deeper understanding of our world class collections and engaging the wider public with the history of science.”

Each issue of the Journal will highlight the broad range of in-depth research surrounding the SMG's collections and activities, and will feature original contributions from experts working in other museums and universities across the world. The inaugural issue includes new research on William Bally's set of phrenological heads and the historical significance of James Watt's workshop, as well as a detailed look at how eighteenth century instrument makers used printed books. Discussion papers in this issue explore ideas about heroism and the effectiveness of the movement to engage the public with science.

The next issue of the Science Museum Group Journal will be available in autumn 2014.

For further information please contact Will Stanley in the Science Museum Group press office via or telephone: 020 7942 4429.

Notes to Editors

The Science Museum Group Journal is a digital open-access journal, publishing peer-reviewed papers that are relevant to SMG’s collections and practice and to the wider international science museum community. Through the Creative Commons (CC BY) licence, content from the Journal can be freely reproduced anywhere provided that the source is acknowledged.

About the Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past. Providing an immersive experience where visitors can make sense of the science that shapes our lives, the Group wants people to feel they have arrived at the home of ingenuity – a place to be inspired by world-class objects, exhibitions and stories of technological achievement illustrated through the look and feel of our galleries and displays. The Science Museum Group aims to engage people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise.