The Science and Industry Museum reopened its doors to visitors on 14 August. However, the Research Centre study area, home to our archive of original source material and reference books, remains closed for a while longer.
The team is busy preparing for its safe reopening from the week of 2 November and looks forward to welcoming you back.
In the meantime, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remain open to you online. You can find some information about our archive collections via Collections Online or via the Archive 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 email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would 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.