The National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark are home to collections and stories that are relevant to audiences across the globe.
Much of the work undertaken by the Museum involves overseas partnerships, skills sharing, research, exchanges and loans, in which it enjoys foreign support both financial and non-financial. It also has a well-established worldwide audience at Greenwich: in 2011–12, 57% of total visits were by overseas visitors, with 43.4% of visits to its website made from outside the UK. We are keen to extend this audience and place continuing international activities at the forefront of what we do.
On 27 June 2013 a group of NASA planetary scientists made a visit to Greenwich to see the Royal Observatory and the recent Visions of the Universe exhibition (now closed) at the National Maritime Museum. The group included Jim Green (Division Director for Planetary Sciences for NASA), Lisa May (Program Executive for NASA’s Mars missions), Michael Meyer (lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program), Sue Horne (Space Exploration Programme Manager, UK Space Agency) and Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College, London, and a member of the NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission team).
Visions of the Universe included a large number of astronomical images from various NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini spacecraft and, most significantly, a 13m wall onto which panoramic images from NASA’s Mars rovers are projected. The Visions of the Universe team worked closely with Professor Gupta to create this aspect of the exhibition, and through him the Museum forged links with NASA’s Mars Exploration team and the wider Planetary Science Division.
Other notable visits to Greenwich in recent months have included...
In June a group of Russian museum delegates came to Greenwich as part of the sixth annual visit with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The visit was co-ordinated with the British Council and SRH Arts Management.
In September Nian Jiye, Director of the new China Maritime Museum, Shanghai visited all four Royal Museums Greenwich sites, with colleagues. Discussions during the day touched on international loans, touring exhibitions and conservation practices.
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