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Planning application submitted for National Collections Centre at Wroughton

The Science Museum Group has today submitted a full planning application to Swindon Borough Council for an ambitious project to transform how it manages, cares for and shares its world-leading collection.

This once-in-a-generation opportunity involves building new collections management facilities at the Group’s Wroughton site, which when completed, will be open regularly to the public through a varied programme of tours, learning and research visits.

An architect’s impression of the collection management facility
An architect’s impression of the collection management facility

Matt Moore, Head of Site, said: 'It’s fantastic to think that we are really close to transforming the site and how we manage, and access, our collection. I’d like to thank all the people who have supported this project so far.'

Objects from the Science Museum Group collection will be stored, researched and prepared in the new facilities before they go on display across the Group’s family of museums: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon. Objects from the collection are also regularly loaned to many museums in the UK and around the world.

The planning documents issued to Swindon Borough Council are available to read here or you can get in touch directly via