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Publication scheme

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 wherever possible.

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

Follow the links under the categories below:

We are currently working on increasing the online availability of information about the Science Museum Group’s policies, plans and finances.

If you are unable to find the information you want on any of our sites, then please email us at, noting the information you wish to access, or by post:

Group Data Protection Officer
Corporate Information Team
National Science and Media Museum

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 online information is free of charge and we do not normally charge for providing other information referred to in the Publication Scheme.

However, for requests that involve a substantial amount of documentation, we do reserve the right to charge for the costs of photocopying and postage. If charges apply, you will be notified 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:

Group Data Protection Officer
Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD

Alternatively you can contact us by email at

If you are dissatisfied with the way your complaint has been dealt with you may seek an independent review from:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire, SK9 5AF