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Science Museum Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine ("Brought to Life")

The Brought to Life Rules ("the Rules") and Terms and Conditions set out below represent the agreement between "you" and "the Museum" for your use of the Brought to Life website. For the purposes of this agreement the Museum shall mean the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. The Museum may also be referred to as "us", "we" or "our" in these Rules and Terms and Conditions.

Terms of Website use

This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of our website ("the Website"), whether as a guest or a registered user. Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the Website. By using our Website, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using our Website.

Please use the information on this site appropriately and recognise that it deals with medical history only. You must not use this website as a source of advice about medicine. Should you need advice on medicine or treatments please contact a suitably qualified professional.

Accessing our Website

Access to our Website is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our Website without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our Website, or our entire Website, to users who have registered with us.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use. When using our Website, you must comply with the provisions of our acceptable use term below.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our Website. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our Website through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.

Uploading Material onto our Website

Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy terms below. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.

Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.

We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy terms below.

Acceptable Use

These acceptable use terms apply to any and all material which you contribute to our Website (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it. The acceptable use terms apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

  • Be accurate (where they state facts).
  • Be genuinely held (where they state opinions).
  • Comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

    Contributions must not:

  • Contain any material which is defamatory of any person.
  • Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
  • Promote sexually explicit material.
  • Promote violence.
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.
  • Be likely to deceive any person.
  • Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
  • Promote any illegal activity.
  • Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
  • Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
  • Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case.
  • Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

    Prohibited Use

    You agree not to use this Website:

  • to create a database (electronic or otherwise) that includes material downloaded or otherwise obtained from this website except where expressly permitted on the Website;
  • to disseminate advertisements or for any other commercial purposes (which would include using the Website to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services);
  • to transmit or re-circulate any material obtained from this website to any third party except where expressly permitted on this website;
  • in such a way so as to remove the copyright or trade mark notice(s) from any copies of any material made in accordance with these terms;
  • to disseminate any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation;
  • to disseminate any material which is abusive, defamatory or obscene, may harass, offend or inconvenience any person, applauds, encourages or entices abuse, discrimination or criminal activity or which might restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the Website by any person;
  • to disseminate any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • in any way that might infringe third party privacy or other rights, is unlawful or that might bring the Museum or any of its subsidiaries into disrepute; or
  • to post link(s) that take users to material that contravenes any of the above restrictions.


    The Museum has made reasonable efforts to obtain permission (where necessary) to use the Images on the Website and, so far as the Museum is aware (and to the best of its knowledge) all of the Images have been cleared for such use. The Museum requests that any owners of copyright in the Images who have not been properly identified or credited on the Website contact us at so that we may consider making the appropriate corrections.

    You are only permitted to use the Images in accordance with these terms and conditions and in accordance with all instructions and directions contained in the Website. You are not permitted to use any Image, Images or any part of any Image for any other use whatsoever, including, for the avoidance of doubt (and without limitation), any commercial use. For any non-personal use of the Images you must obtain the prior written permission of the Museum or the relevant rights holder.

    Intellectual Property Rights

    We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our Website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

    The Museum hereby grants to you a limited licence to use the content and services provided by the Museum on the Website solely for your personal, non-commercial use (giving the original author credit) and subject to these terms and conditions. Where the Website contains content from a source other than the Museum, you may only use and reproduce such content with the permission of the relevant rights holder.

    You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

    If you print off, copy or download any part of our Website in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

    Reliance on Information Posted

    Commentary and other materials posted on our Website are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to our Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

    Our Website may change

    We aim to update our Website from time to time, and may change the content. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our Website, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our Website may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.

    Our Liability

    The material displayed on our Website is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we, other members of our group of companies and third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:

    a) All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.

    b) Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our Website or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our Website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:

  • loss of income or revenue;
  • loss of business;
  • loss of profits or contracts;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of data;
  • loss of goodwill;
  • wasted management or office time; and
  • for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

    This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

    Information about you and your visits to this Website

    We process information about you in accordance with our privacy policy, which is set out below. By using our Website, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

    Viruses, Hacking and other offences

    You must not misuse our Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our Website, the server on which our Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Website. You must not attack our Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

    By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our Website will cease immediately.

    We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

    Links from this Website

    Where our Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    Jusrisdiction and applicable law

    These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes arising from matters relating to the Website, including without limitation the Discussion Pages and use of the Images, shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


    We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our Website.

    Your Concerns

    If you have any queries about these terms or about the Website generally, please send an appropriately worded email to

    Privacy Policy

    The purpose of this statement is to inform users of this Website, what information is collected about them when they visit this Website, how this information is used and if it is disclosed.

    Web log files

    In common with most websites, the Brought to Life Website automatically logs certain information about every request sent to it. This information is used for system administration and for producing usage statistics. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but these do not include information from which individuals could be identified. Relevant subsets of this data may be used as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this Website (see also our Terms and Conditions agreement). Data may also on occasion be used to enable investigation of technical problems on the Website. Otherwise logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law.

    Data protection

    From time to time we will use electronic forms on this Website to gather personal information for purposes directly related to a service, function or activity of the Website. When we do so we will let you know the purpose for which the information is being collected (including if the information is to be published). Completion of and submission of any form on this website is entirely at the discretion of you, the website user.

    Data protection statement

    We respect your privacy and always seek to use your personal data in compliance with all relevant data protection and privacy laws. We will NOT disclose your personal data to any other organisations without your permission.

    Unless you tell us otherwise when you submit forms on this Website we will use any personal data of yours that you supply through the forms to:

    (a) send you emails about the range of products and services that we offer;

    (b) administer, support, improve and obtain feedback on our services;

    (c) assess what NMSI products and services may be of interest to you and to personalise our service and marketing;

    (d) contact you to obtain feedback on services and any improvements we can make to them.

    You have the right to ask us at any time not to contact you to send you emails about the range of products and services that we offer and may do so by sending an appropriately worded email to Brought to Life at