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The Research Centre 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.

To make an appointment, please contact us at Appointments can be made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at least five working days in advance, and are dependent on staff availability.

If you have a specific research enquiry, please contact us before you make an appointment so we can help you make the most of your visit. We aim to respond within 20 working days. Either call us on 0161 606 0127 or email us at

We will soon start work on a major new exhibition gallery in the museum, which will enable us to create and bring world class science exhibitions to Manchester.

Between July 2019 and October 2020 while the build phase of the project is underway, we will be unable to provide access for researchers to museum objects in Science and Industry Museum stores.

You can also browse our collection online or use the archive catalogue to search our archive collections.