Chemistry and Materials

    Man in a laboratory, 1949

    New science, new materials, new power

    A second industrial revolution brings electricity and science-based products.

    New choices in consumer goods

    While goods get cheaper, some fight on for ‘truth to materials’ and ‘good design’.


    Pulley blocks in a ship's rigging may appear insignificant, but the machinery invented to build them at Portsmouth dockyard played a major role in manufacturing history.

    Marie Curie

    Find out about the extraordinary work of Marie Curie and her family.

    King George III

    The King George III Collection at the Science Museum is a unique assembly of early apparatus for demonstrating scientific principles. Through these objects scientists were able to disseminate their knowledge of the 'new science'.