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Media Space unveiled to film, theatre and TV celebrities

Blog post by Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs

The museum’s plans to create a £4 million Media Space - a showcase for photography, visual media, technology and science - were outlined a few days ago to leading figures in drama, film and the arts, from Jenny Agutter and Imogen Stubbs to Terry Gilliam and Ben Okri.

Call the midwife actress with Ian Blatchford and Roger Highfield.

Call the midwife actress, Jenny Agutter OBE, with Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford (left) and Director of External Affairs, Roger Highfield.

Kathy Lette, Eammon Holmes and Michael G Wilson

Australian author Kathy Lette, Presenter Eamonn Holmes and Film Producer and Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation, Michael G WIlson.

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, give an overview of how the new venture will open on the second floor of the museum this September to display some of the finest collections on the planet while speaking at a lunch organised by Chris Hastings of the Mail on Sunday, also attended by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.

Ian Blatchford's speech.

Director of Science Museum Ian Blatchford welcoming guests to the lunch.

Media Space will draw on the National Photography Collection held by the National Media Museum, Bradford. The first exhibition will be Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr,  and the inaugural installation in the Virgin Media Studio will be by digital artist studio collaborators Universal Everything, supported by Hyundai Motor UK.

Michael G Wilson

Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation and executive producer of the James Bond movies, Michael G WIlson, addresses Dame Diana Rigg and guests at the Sixth Arts Media Lunch.

Also addressing the lunch was Michael Wilson, executive producer of the James Bond films, who has been one of the most passionate supporters of Media Space over the years through his interest in photography, which dates back to the 1970s.

Between 2004 and 2012, Wilson was a trustee of the Science Museum and it was during this time he conceived a plan to develop a 1800 m² space in the Museum to display photographs, a venture which has now grown to include new media.

Today, Michael Wilson is a member of the museum’s Foundation , which “ensures philanthropic leadership”, encouraging donors to give their support to  the museum’s development.

Other guests included Lord Bragg, Haydn Gwynne, Lesley Manville, Eamonn Holmes,  Prof Steve Jones, Duncan Kenworthy;  Kathy Lette, Arlene Phillips and Brigitte Hjort Sorensen.

Also present was Ali Boyle, Project Leader on Collider, a new exhibition on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Opening in November 2013, Collider is being created with the help of Nissen Richards Studio, playwright Michael Wynne and video artist Finn Ross.

After lunch, many of the guests went on a tour of the museum’s award-winning Turing exhibition, given by curator David Rooney.

To view more photos from the sixth Arts Media Lunch at the Science Museum visit the Science Museum’s flickr gallery.

Science Museum Halloween Guests

Halloween at the Museum

By Claire Hunt, Development Team

Ghostly goings on dominated our Flight gallery last Friday as over 400 corporate members and members of the museum dusted off their finest spooky outfits to join the Development Team for their annual Halloween Evening. You can tag yourself in images from the night on Facebook.

The ghost of Albert Einstein

The ghost of Albert Einstein

Guests were greeted by the ghosts of Albert Einstein and Amy Johnson and treated to a delicious Halloween inspired menu of autumnal stews served from witches cauldrons and jellied eyeballs. Our creative choreographer transformed the younger guests into dancing zombies whilst they rocked out to Michael Jackson’s iconic song: Thriller and our resident DJ ensured the tunes flowed all night.

Science Museum Halloween Guests

Located in the dark depths of our fourth floor Medical Gallery was the terrifying torch lit treasure hunt where our guests tackled a series of questions with only a torch to unearth the answers. Guests also had the opportunity to make, and understand the scientific properties of, slime as well as create some Halloween inspired fridge magnets and jewellery.

The terrifying torch lit treasure hunt

The terrifying torch lit treasure hunt

Overall the event was a huge success with over 1,000 members applying for our limited, and much sought after, tickets. The Development Team is already planning next year’s event which looks set to be the biggest yet.

Fiona Fox, head of the Science Media Centre, welcomes a 400-strong audience to the museum

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Science Media Centre

By James Bailey, Head of Communications, Science Museum Group

Earlier this week we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Science Media Centre (SMC) here at the Science Museum. For those who don’t know, the SMC connects journalists with scientists across the UK, helping bridge the gap between science and the public and improving the way science is covered in the media. There’s a great video explaining how the organisation works here.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, welcomed Fiona Fox, head of the Science Media Centre, and a 400-strong audience to the museum to hear inspiring stories from scientists, politicians and journalists, on what was Ian’s second anniversary as the Science Museum’s Director.

Sir Mark Walport, the head of the Wellcome Trust and the next Chief Scientific Adviser to Government , spoke about the importance of openness in scientific research, highlighting the impact of the SMC on this area. Racing driver and former science minister, Lord Drayson, discussed bravery and the need for scientists to speak about the importance of their research, especially in a crisis.

Fiona Fox, head of the Science Media Centre, welcomes a 400-strong audience to the museum

Finally, ITN’s Science Editor, Lawrence McGinty, recalled life as a science journalist before university press officers and the SMC. Comparing the SMC to a mobile phone, Lawrence noted life as a science journalist would now be impossible without the Science Media Centre.

A number of well-known scientists attended the party, including Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford and Professor John Womersley, head of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP was also in the audience.

Science Media Centre guests in the Making the Modern World gallery

Many journalists were also keen to celebrate 10 years of the Science Media Centre, including Nick Collins at the Daily Telegraph, Alok Jha from the Guardian, Fergus Walsh and David Shukman of the BBC and Clive Cookson at the Financial Times.

After a great 10th Birthday party, we hope the Science Media Centre continues to make a positive difference to the relationship between science, the media and the public.