Due to coronavirus restrictions in England, the Research Centre is closed to the public until 19 May 2021. From this date, the centre will reopen with social distancing measures in place for pre-booked appointments on Wednesdays. Further information on how to book an appointment can be found on the Research and Study page.
While the Research Centre is temporarily closed, 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.
We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out more about the items in the Science Museum Group Collection. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.