Background

Background

The National Maritime Museum mission statement

The Museum works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.

The Museum's responsibilities are to safeguard and enhance the value of its pre-eminent assets:

  • its collections
  • its expertise
  • its buildings

The Museum's objectives are to spread the benefits of these assets by:

  • maximizing access and inspiration for all users
  • satisfying stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally
  • effective organization and sound financial management

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

  • The Freedom of Information Act became law on 30 November 2000 and full implementation begins on 1 January 2005.
  • The aim of the Act is to foster a culture of openness in government and public bodies.
  • It provides individuals with the right, subject to a range of exemptions, to access recorded information held by a public body - in this case the National Maritime Museum.
  • Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • From 1 January 2009 the NMM is required to publish documents to its Publication Scheme in line with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Background to the Publication Scheme

Under the Act, but before its full implementation in January 2005, every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. Publication Schemes will encourage organizations to publish more information pro-actively and to develop a greater culture of openness.

Section 19(1) of the Act provides that it shall be the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, to publish information in accordance with its scheme and, from time to time, to review its publication scheme.

Purpose and aims of the Publication Scheme

The purpose of the National Maritime Museum's Publication Scheme is to ensure a significant amount of information is available to the public, without the need for a specific request, by providing a structured listing of information the Museum routinely makes available.

The scheme sets out how the Museum publishes the different classes of information it makes available and whether the information is available free of charge or payment is required. In this scheme, the term 'publication' refers to documents available in a variety of formats. For example, paper based documents such as reports and books or computer files such as databases and web pages.

The Museum is committed to proactively publish as much information as possible when the information becomes available and will review and update its scheme accordingly.

Responsibility for the Publication Scheme

  • Christopher Gray, Museum Secretary, is responsible for the Museum's Publication Scheme at organizational level.
  • Arron Hewett, Management Planner, is responsible for maintaining the Scheme on a regular basis.

They can be contacted by writing to them at:
The National Maritime Museum
Greenwich
London SE10 9NF