About Us

Discover South Kensington brings together the leading cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington – home of science, arts and inspiration.

This is one of the world’s most popular cultural destinations and home to an extraordinary cluster of world-leading organisations pioneering innovation and learning in science and the arts. Here we generate and share knowledge and inspire the engineers, designers, scientists, musicians and artists of the future and together we welcome over 20 million visitors each year.

Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. We are a registered charity and our members are Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial College London, Goethe-Institut, Institut franÒ«ais, the Ismaili Centre, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Royal College of Music, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Serpentine Galleries, The Royal Parks, the Design Museum, and Christie’s South Kensington. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day.

More details about our member's events can be downloaded here: discover_south_kensington_leaflet.docx.pdf.

Our objectives

The members of Exhibition Road Cultural Group work together to:

  • Experience: Improve how it feels to visit, work, study and live here by enhancing the public space as an introduction to the creativity and innovation within our institutions
  • Explore: Make it easier to find out what you can do here and to understand the value of this group of organisations by describing and promoting what this area has to offer
  • Exchange: Help each other promote innovation, inspiration and learning by addressing shared issues together and sparking new ideas.

Priority work strands

  • Promoting what happens here to visitors, staff, students and residents – encouraging people to discover more of what is offer here. Raising the profile of South Kensington as the home of science, arts and inspiration.
  • Working with Transport for London and local stakeholders to help make sure development plans for South Kensington station meet the needs of our users.
  • Playing a leading role in shaping future development of public realm and neighbourhood of Exhibition Road and South Kensington.
  • Encouraging a programme of high-quality public activities in Exhibition Road throughout the year that connect with the story and values of our group of organisations.
  • Exhibition Road Commission – we are currently seeking support to for a major new contemporary art installation on Exhibition Road. If you would like to support this please do get in contact.

Who we are


  • Chris Cotton, Royal Albert Hall (Co-Chair)
  • Justin Morris, Natural History Museum (Co-Chair)
  • Sue Harris, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Jonathan Newby, Science Museum
  • Tim Reeve, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Nigel Williams, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
  • Angela Kaya, Goethe-Institut
  • Salim Janmohamed, Ismaili Centre
  • Luke Blair, Imperial College London
  • Officers: Peter Dickinson, Science Museum
  • Finance Officer – Nasim Jetha
  • Company Secretary – Peter Ramage

Our team:

  • Emily Candler – Executive Director
  • Carlo Rizzo - Director, Exhibition Road Comission
  • Sarah Berresford – Marketing & Communication Manager
  • Kulbir Basra – Office Coordinator

Contact us info@exhibitionroad.com or 0203 036 9054. For more information about the Exhibition Road Commission contact carlo@exhibitionroad.com

Charity Number:1123758 Company Number:05983125