Due to COVID-19, the Research Centre is closed to the public until 4 November, when it will reopen for pre-booked appointments on Wednesdays. Please visit the Research and Study page to find out about booking an appointment.
Our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remains open online. You can find further information about the collections we care for via our online collection, the archive catalogue, the Science Museum library catalogue and the National Railway Museum library catalogue.
If you are interested in donating an item to the collection or borrowing something from us, please visit the relevant pages below. If you would like to request an image of a collection item, please visit the Copying and Copyright page.
If you contact us about the collection, we normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days, however responses may take longer at the moment due to COVID-19.
Research and study
The study area is home to our archive of original source material and reference books, and is available by appointment for personal, professional and academic research.
Donate an object
We’d love to hear from you if you have an item that you think might be perfect for our collection, but please don’t bring it to the museum or send it by post without arranging with us first.
Explore the Science Museum Group Journal
From 2D to 3D: the story of graphene in objects
This paper uses ten case-study objects featured in the exhibition Wonder Materials to illustrate discussion of representation of the material culture of contemporary science in museum exhibitions.
Challenges of conservation: working objects
This paper discusses the concepts and practice of museum conservation, and the role of conservation in preserving both material and significance of objects.
The Language of Electricity
In 2016, the museum commissioned Bill Morrison to produce a film for the exhibition Electricity: The spark of life. In this interview, Morrison discusses his work with archive manager Jan Hicks.