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New Science Museum season will celebrate Indian innovation

The Science Museum is to host a season of exhibitions and events next year dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India.

Due to open in autumn 2017, the programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the rich culture and history of innovation in India.

It will be part of an exciting series of events to mark the UK/India Year of Culture 2017–18, which will celebrate the vibrant cultural history of the two countries.

By taking a global perspective on the development of science and technology, the Science Museum aims to engage new audiences and strengthen international relationships between British and Indian scholars and cultural institutions.

One exhibition is an ambitious and unprecedented survey of photography in India from the emergence of the medium in the nineteenth century to the present day.

The other will highlight the long tradition of scientific thought in India from the ancient past to the present day. It will look at the country's expertise in observation, calculation and innovation, emphasising the importance of science in India as a way of understanding the world and creating a better society.

The announcement comes as Prime Minister Theresa May visits India to open the UK/India Tech Summit.

As the most visited museum in the country by school groups, the Science Museum is uniquely placed to engage the next generation of scientists and engineers in developing a global perspective on science and innovation.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said:

"India’s history and culture are built on a rich tradition of scientific thought and innovation. The stories we will be showcasing through this vibrant season not only shaped India but had global significance."

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:

"India has a rich scientific history that dates back thousands of years, and continues to influence societies across the world.

"This exhibition will educate new audiences on the exciting story of Indian design and innovation from the ancient past to today.

"It is a fantastic addition to the UK/India Year of Culture programme that will strengthen the special cultural partnership between our two countries and celebrate the shared ties across science, design and the arts."

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About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum's world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.