With over 500,000 items, our collections include archives and original works that have shaped our understanding of the world, from Newton to Babbage to Einstein.

Archive collections


The Science Museum Archives hold archives of some of the most famous and influential individuals and companies in the fields of science, medicine, engineering and industry.

Original printed works

Eiffel Tower

Books, journals, patents, trade literature, directories and maps charting the world-wide development of science, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries

Histories and biographies

Histories and biographies

A world-class collection of books and journals on the history and biography of science, technology and medicine and their social impact

Digital collections

Computer screen

Digitised journals, indexes and other full-text electronic resources, available from our Wroughton Reading Rooms on Fridays only, including JSTOR, Oxford reference resources and the Times Digital Archive