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Research and study

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.

Following the announcement that Manchester will be in Tier 3 following the end of nationwide lockdown, the Research Centre will remain closed to the public until the museum reopens.

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 archives 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 collections@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk. We normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days, however responses may take longer at the moment due to COVID-19.