Research is key to interpreting, safeguarding and developing the museum's collections and to understanding our audiences. It underpins all of the Museum's galleries and exhibitions.

Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist, c 1910

About research


Research helps us understand our collections, audiences and exhibitions.

News and events

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Find out about the latest talks, conferences and research opportunities.

The Science Museum Group Journal

Photograph of the atlas detector during its construction

A new voice in discussions worldwide about science, its history, material culture, communication, and presentation in museums.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Science Museum Group/ BT Archives AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme

Public history research

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Our collections, your stories. Find out about the Public History Project.

Audience research

Find out about the Science's Museum audience research team and the work we do


Live Science


Need volunteers for your research? Why not experiment on Science Museum visitors? Opportunities exist for high-calibre biomedical researchers to carry out research on visitors in the Science Museum’s contemporary science wing.

Research projects


Find out more about our research projects