Our work with other museums

As a national Museum we are committed to providing greater access to our collections, knowledge, expertise and skills through our work with organisations across the UK and internationally.

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 our collections information team.

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. 

For general exhibition enquiries contact Emily Scott-Dearing, Head of Exhibitions and Programmes, and for enquiries about new media/interactivity contact Dave Patten.

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 contact: Hadrian Ellory-van-dekker, Head of Collections.

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, Head of Conservation and Collections Care, in the first instance.

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.

Collaborative projects

We work with other museums to extend our reach to more audiences whilst sharing skills and expertise with partner organisations. Examples include:


The Museum’s learning team delivered Collecting Stories (a DCMS/DCSF funded Strategic Commissioning project) working with regional museums and KS3 students to explore the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in museum collections. This included support to work with new audiences around the subject area and facilitated working with real scientists.

The Climate Science Outreach Project is a three year project (starting January 2011) which forms part of the Science Museum’s Climate Changing Programme and aims to engage and inspire Year 9 students across the UK with the subject of climate science, and to highlight the atmosphere gallery as a key educational resource for teachers and students alike.

During the first year, the team will be working in close partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and the National Railway Museum in York. Training courses have been held throughout January at both of our partner museums, and over 20 schools have been recruited across each of the three regions. These partnerships will allow our partners to identify and exploit objects within their collections that have a particular link to climate science. More museum partners and schools will be able to take art in years 2 and 3 of the project.

Finally, members of the Learning Outreach Team are training local staff at the Unizul Science Centre, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa where parts of the Science Museum’s former Launchpad exhibition are in use.

Exhibition Partnerships
The Science Museum is a partner in a new series of exhibits called First Time Out, putting hidden treasures from five London museums on display for the first time. Each object is on display at each institution for six weeks in 2011, where it will be reinterpreted from a different perspective.

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

For queries regarding touring exhibitions contact: Gemma Levett, Exhibitions Tour Manager or visit our Touring Exhibitions web page.