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

About research at the Science Museum

Research at the Science Museum aims to promote new ways of understanding our collections, audiences and exhibitions. Our researchers come from a range of academic disciplines who engage with the specific practices of the museum as well as more theoretical work on the themes of historical and contemporary science, technology and medicine. 

While research occurs across all museum departments, from learning to exhibitions, the Research & Public History Department was established in 2012 to specifically support our academic activities. We work with university departments and other museums to co-supervise students, publish papers and books, organise conferences and workshops, and apply for grant funding.

In these pages you can find out more about the research that is happening at the Science Museum now. You can also find out about the latest news and events from the department as well as the specific projects and interests of our current researchers.

If you would like to work with us please get in touch: research@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.