Astonishing Science. Spectacular museum.
Collections of scientific, technological and medical objects are at the heart of our museum and we are continually adding to these unique resources.
We collect objects that:
Collecting must be considered, controlled and sustainable. We have to be confident that we can safely care for and store all new objects. Storage space is finite, and keeping objects stable for the long term requires a serious financial commitment.
New objects are only acquired after careful consideration. Great value is always placed on the potential of these new additions to serve our many visitors - through exhibitions, websites, broadcast, outreach, public events or scholarship.
Underpinning this general philosophy are the curatorial teams' collecting strategies for each of the Museums. These ensure that we are guided and supported by a robust understanding - one that formally sets out our desire to enrich collections that can reflect the global impact of science, technology, medicine and media across all cultures. Since the beginning of 2005 the Museum has added almost 4000 objects to its inventory.
Mobile phone base station antenna disguised as a Saguaro cactus, manufactured by Larson Camouflage, LLC, Arizona, United States, 2013-2014
International Telephone Exchange, London', British General Post Office (GPO) poster designed by John Cooper, London, 1935
‘Quantum Mechanics’, doctoral thesis by Paul A.M. Dirac. Submitted to the University of Cambridge, 1926.
Radio Celebrities cigarette card album, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, England, 1934-1940
Eurostar 3000 satellite including main satellite bus & two antennas, made by EADS Astrium Ltd, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, 2000
Post Office Telegram, Pontygwaith to Archangel (Russia), 9 October 1943: ‘Wishing you happy birthday look after yourself always thinking of you’
Six fibreglass sections of a horn loudspeaker made to the same internal dimensions as the Science Museum logarithmic or exponential loudspeaker designed by R P G Denman in 1929