May 20, 2022

Nearly 50,000 Digitized Images From the UK’s Science Museum Group Now Available to All From Open Artstor

In September, Artstor announced that more open collections of digitized images were in the works.

Earlier this week, the third open collection was announced (links to previous announcements at the bottom of this post.)

From Artstor:

The Open Artstor: Science Museum Group collection is now available, featuring a selection of nearly 50,000 images from the Science Museum Group (UK) under Creative Commons licenses that span science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the Artstor platform — already a destination for scholars using visual media.

Comprising the world’s leading group of science museums, the SMG consortium includes the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and Locomotion in Shildon. Characterized as the “home of human ingenuity,” the Science Museum anchors the group. With its roots in the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Museum embodies the optimism and faith in science that was shared by its founders.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement, View a Few Collection Highlights

Note: As of October 31, 2019 Open Artstor/Artstor Public Collections provides access to more than 1,224,612 million images. 

See Also: 8,000 Images From the Digital Image Collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library Now Available via “Open Artstor”

See Also: Open Artstor Adds 100,000 Images From the Wellcome Collection (September 27, 2019)

See Also: More Open Collections Coming to Artstor (September 20, 2019 via Artstor Blog)

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