Images sales

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Dear Board of Trustees of the Science Museum,

Please could you tell me much profit, giving a year by year breakdown (including all expenses and associated costs that are deducted) has the Science Museum Group made from image sales for the past 10 years or as many as the service has been running for if less than 10 years.

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Hall

Science Museum Group

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Dear Cheryl Hall,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (2000) request dated 15th
August 2013 with regards to obtaining information from the Science
Museum Group relating to profits made by the sale of images by the
Museum. My colleagues in the Museum's Picture Library have been able to
produce the attached short inventory.

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the Science
Museum Group takes its Freedom of Information Act responsibilities very
seriously. Each request for information is studied and investigated
fully with as much data as possible being released. I believe the
attached inventory to be a comprehensive and fair reflection of the
information requested.

I trust this information is of some use to you and I wish you all the
best with your research.

Collections Information Officer

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Dear Collections Information Officer

Thank you very much for the information, please would be able to clarify two points for me:

1. please could you give me an explanation of what repro income is and the difference is between that and agency fees.

2. do the wages include the cost of the photographers and other people involved producing the content e.g people digitising images and photographing museum objects? If not could these figures be included

Yours sincerely,

Cheryl Hall

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Museum at their monthly curatorial meeting where the offers are considered
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Dear Cheryl Hall,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (2000) request relating to
further clarification on the Science Museum's Group sale of images. I have
contacted my colleagues in the Museum's Picture Library and if I may I
will address each of your additional points in turn:

 

1. Please could you give me an explanation of what repro income is and the
difference is between that and agency fees.

 

Repro Fees capture direct licenses from Science and Society Picture
Library to the end user - be they publishers, television production
companies, design companies and so on.

 

Agency Fees, on the other hand, include a percentage of fees generated by
3rd party image libraries/services who maybe representing the Science and
Society Picture Library content and licensing this to end users in their
respective territories.

 

2. Do the wages include the cost of the photographers and other people
involved producing the content e.g people digitising images and
photographing museum objects? If not could these figures be included

 

Generating content would be partially included in salaries.  However
primarily salaries go toward generating sales; they do not, in general
terms, generate content. My colleagues in the Picture Library have also
been able to amend the previously supplied set of figures to further
clarify the break-down of costs. For further information on the Science
Museum Groups annual accounts and finances please use the following links:

 

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us...

 

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us...

 

I trust this information is of some use to you and I wish you all the best
with your research. 

 

Rory Cook

Collections Information Officer

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Dear Rory

Thank you very much for the information, very helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Cheryl Hall

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Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for your email.
Your enquiry has been received by our Corporate Information and Enquiries
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Enquiries Regarding our Objects:
If you have made an enquiry regarding an object from within our collection
we will endeavour to review, research and respond to your enquiry within
20 working days.

Offers of Objects:
If you have written to offer an object to the museum, we are very grateful
for your support and interest in the Science Museum.

All offers are collated and presented to the curators of the Science
Museum at their monthly curatorial meeting where the offers are considered
and it is determined which objects should be accepted. Accordingly, should
we wish to proceed with your offer, we will contact you within 6 weeks of
the date of receipt of your offer.

If you have not received a response from us within 6 weeks, please assume
that, on this occasion, we are unable to accept your generous offer.

Meetings with Curators/Other Science Museum Personnel:
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curators, or other member of Science Museum staff, we will endeavour to
contact you within 20 working days.

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Kind regards
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NMSI

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