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Our work with other museums

Object Loans

The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, with particular strengths in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700. We regularly loan objects from our collection to museums in the UK and internationally, enabling more people to access these unique collections.

As well as the loan itself, our staff also provide specialist subject knowledge expertise, advice and guidance about a number of activities, including collections care and management, interpretation, methods of display and presentation.

To find out more about borrowing from the Science Museum please email collections.information@nmsi.ac.uk.

Sharing our skills and knowledge

Our staff hold a wealth of knowledge and expertise not just around the collections, but also in exhibitions, conservation, programming, learning etc. We seek to share our expertise and learn from others through attending conferences, joining specialist groups, publications and responding to queries around the following:

Exhibitions and Galleries

We are happy to share our experience of exhibition and gallery planning, design and delivery. This includes commissioning new work from artists, access for people with disabilities, interpretation, interactive development, new media, specification, design, build, installation and evaluation. 

General exhibition enquiries – email: emily.scott-dearing@sciencemuseum.org.uk
Enquiries about new media/interactivity – email: dave.patten@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Learning

The Science Museum produces award winning online learning resources which are available for any museums or schools to use.

The Science Museum Learning team has a huge amount of experience in understanding audiences and making science learning fun. The team has put together a resource toolkit for museums and science centres with expert tips and practical advice.

For general learning related queries please contact the Learning team at learning@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Curatorial advice

We regularly share curatorial knowledge and understanding with museum colleagues as well as hosting on-site visits. A number of our staff act as curatorial advisers, providing professional curatorial advice in support of the Museum Accreditation Scheme.

For further information please email: hadrian.ellory-van-d@sciencemuseum.org.uk.

Conservation Advice

Our conservation and collection care team share their knowledge with sector colleagues in the following subject areas:

  • Science, technology, engineering and medical collection conservation
  • Large object care, conservation, movement & handling
  • Hazards in collections
  • Sustainable storage environments
  • Storage performance indicators
  • Movement and handling of collections

Contact: louisa.burden@sciencemuseum.org.ukn, Head of Conservation and Collections Care, in the first instance.

Networks
The Science Museum is an active participant in a range of sector networks which relate to our collections and aspects of museum practice, supporting both UK wide and international collaboration.

Touring Exhibitions

The Science Museum develops exhibitions which we also our to other museums, both nationally and internationally.

For queries regarding touring exhibitions contact: emma.levett@sciencemuseum.ac.uk or go to touring-exhibitions.