Collections

Welcome to the Museum of the History of Science collections’ pages. From here you can search the collections database, learn about how items in the collection are conserved and consult records of books held in the library, using the library catalogue.

Only about one fifth of the Museum’s collection is on permanent public display. Regular Special Exhibitions often showcase objects normally in store, but the entire collection is accessible here. The database contains detailed information about more than 18,000 objects, many of them photographed. Members of the public can, where appropriate, make research visits to view objects.

There is also detailed information available for other museums wishing to borrow from the collection for special exhibitions.

Collections Database

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Search for objects in the database containing over 19000 records.

Conservation

Conservation in the Museum

Reports outlining conservation methods on some precious objects from the collection.

Library and Archives

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Browse the online library catalogue and use the library and archive for research

Image Ordering Service

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Details of who to contact for image ordering.