Publication scheme

The Publication Scheme provides direct access to information that the Science Museum Group makes available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

What is the Publication Scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 establishes a general right of access to information held by public bodies, subject to certain exemptions.

The Publication Scheme provides direct access to information that the Science Museum Group makes available to the public. The Scheme also provides details of any charges that are payable to obtain the information.

The Science Museum Group is committed to proactively making available useful and current information, online where-ever possible.

How do I obtain documents and information available under the Publication Scheme?

The Science Museum Group Publication Scheme menu provided below lists the information available, much of which is available online.

If you are unable to access the information you want using the menu, then please contact us, noting the information you wish to access. You can do this by writing to us in one of the following ways:


Or by post to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate and Collections Information
The Science Museum
Exhibition Road

What information is available?

Click here for a full list of information available under the Publication Scheme.

Is any information exempt?

The Science Museum Group may consider that some information it holds is exempt from public access due to considerations such as security, commercial confidentiality or references to personal details.

When access to such information is requested we will clearly explain the exemption that has been applied and why it is considered relevant.

Will I be charged for the information?

All information that is available through the online links is free of charge and we do not normally charge for providing information referred to in the Publication Scheme.

However, for requests which involve a substantial amount of documentation, we do reserve the right to charge to cover the costs of photocopying and postage. If charges apply, information concerning these will be provided before the information is provided. A summary of charges is provides below:

Printing and copying

Black and white A4 - 15p per page
Black and white A3 - 30p per page
Colour A4 - 30p per page
Colour A3 - 60p per page


Standard postage charges apply

Commercial Publications

Retail price

Are there any restrictions in my use of the information?

Information included in the Science Museum Group's Publication Scheme may be reproduced once for non-commercial research and private study purposes only.

What if I want to make a complaint?

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Science Museum Group in respect of a request for information, you may pursue this through the appeals and complaints procedure. You must make any complaint within twelve-months of your first request. Please address your complaint to the Corporate and Collections Information Manager, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD. Alternatively you can email (marked for the attention of the Corporate and Collections Information Manager).

If you are dissatisfied with the way your complaint has been dealt with you may seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.