Science Museum Group joins AEV


Science Museum Group joins AEV

22 May 2018 by: AEV Team













We are happy to welcome another landmark venue to the association as a full member.

The Science Museum, founded more than 160 years ago, is a globally recognised attraction receiving over three million visitors a year. The museum has recently announced the opening of its brand new dedicated event space, ‘Illuminate,’ in January 2019.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, said: “I’m proud to welcome The Science Museum, with its distinguished history and unique perspective, to the Association of Event Venues. Our association is the sum of our members talents, and I know The Science Museum has a huge amount of expertise and knowledge to bring to the table. I’m looking forward to meeting members of the whole team and I hope they will make full use of the services and member benefits that we offer.”

Ben Lheureux, head of catering and events at The Science Museum added: “We are excited to be joining the Association of Event Venues, especially having heard such positive feedback from those in the industry. The combination of focused working groups attended by our peers and the input of expert suppliers from each field means we will benefit from a 360 view of industry trends.

“We are looking forward to utilising the opportunities to learn and share best practice."



  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval