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Science Museum Group response to Spending Review 2015

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

“We are delighted that the Government has announced a funding settlement that recognises the remarkable role of museums and galleries in enriching lives and supporting the economy. The Chancellor has also created an historic opportunity for us to improve the way we manage and share our world-class collections by providing £150 million to replace and relocate the storage facilities currently used by ourselves, the British Museum and the V&A at Blythe House in London.

“Today’s announcements, alongside our prudent financial planning and entrepreneurial approach, put the Science Museum Group in a strong position to press ahead with ambitious plans at each of our museums and to do even more to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

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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. More information can be found at