Open for All is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values. It underpins our working practices and is embedded into everything we do. We are committed to ensuring that all people, be it our colleagues or the millions of people who visit our sites or engage with us online, see our museums and sites as places for them.
Our public programme, accessible practices, and the stories we tell through our collection all play an essential role in creating spaces that are open for everyone. Find out more below.
The Science Museum Group’s mission is to Inspire Futures, and central to inspiring the next generation of scientists, inventors and engineers is our work towards a society where all people feel that science is “for them” and have opportunities to access the social and economic benefits it brings.
Our Open for All action plan which sets out a Group-wide approach is based around four objectives: grow a diverse workforce; build an inclusive culture; create places that are open for everyone; and engage everyone with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
You can find out more about some of the ways in which we are working to implement these objectives below.
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Find out about how we are using science capital to embed more equitable practices into our work.
Find out about the principles that will guide our work on accessibility and ensure that it continues with energy and urgency.
Learn more about our ongoing commitment to making the Science Museum Group open for all and promoting STEM to everyone
Accessibility at the Science Museum Group
At the Science Museum Group, we want to go beyond the minimum standards of making our buildings and facilities physically accessible by working with disabled people to tell their stories, being more representative in our portrayals of people in STEM and delivering a range of activities for disabled visitors. We have committed to introducing a changing places toilets at three of our sites in the next year with others to follow and have joined the Hidden Disabilities scheme. We also want to ensure all colleagues are supported and trained to understand the impact of their role in relation to access.
We currently offer an accessible events programme at the National Science and Media Museum and the Science Museum, and hope to expand our programming across more of our sites in the near future. You can find out more about accessible events and facilities at our sites via the links below or visit our Web Accessibility page to find out more about how we’re improving our digital accessibility.
Delve into our new series of Open Talk events: panel discussions and Q&As bringing together a diverse line-up of expert speakers including cultural figures, scientists, authors and policy makers to explore issues of diversity and inclusion in STEM and the cultural sector. Exploring themes including race and identity, unconscious bias in tech and inequality in STEM, the series will encourage audiences to consider both causes of and solutions to these issues.
Book a free ticket to watch these events online from any of our museum websites:
We believe in the importance of ensuring that the stories we tell, both on gallery and across our digital channels, highlight the incredible work of a huge diversity of people in STEM, some of whose stories are still only now being uncovered.
Head of Collections Tilly Blyth examines the new roles the collection might play in creating spaces that are open for everyone.
Discover stories of incredible figures in STEM whose work has often been overlooked or excluded from history on the Science Museum blog.
Catch up on previous Open for All events, including in-conversation events with David Lammy MP and Chris Bryant MP