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Due to COVID-19, the Dana Research Centre and Library is closed to the public until 5 November, when it will reopen for pre-booked appointments on Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact us via email to book an appointment.  

During this challenging period, our priority has been to care for the collection and prepare to safely reopen our museums to the public. Our team continue to work through the complexities and practicalities of safely operating with social distancing measures in place, including introducing the ability for you to pre-book appointments online. 

While the Dana Research Centre and Library  is temporarily closed, our collection⁠—and the inspirational stories it contains⁠—remains open to you online. You can find further information about the archives we care for via our online collection, the archive catalogue, the Science Museum library catalogue and the National Railway Museum library catalogue.

We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out more about the items in the Science Museum Group Collection. Please contact us via We would normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days, however responses may take longer at the moment due to COVID-19.