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National Collections Centre

The Science Museum Group is undertaking an ambitious project to transform how we care for and share our world-leading collection with audiences across the world.

This once-in-a-generation opportunity includes investing in a new collections management facility at our National Collections Centre in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

Architect's drawing of the new National Collections Centre
Perspective view of the National Collections Centre

By 2023 this new facility will become the home for over 80% of the Science Museum Group collection, providing stable conditions for its long-term management and care and increased public access to the collection through regular public tours, school and research visits. Details on how to arrange access will be published closer to the time.

The facility will also enable us to improve the process of preparing objects for display in new galleries and exhibitions across our five museums and help us to prepare more items for loan to other organisations in the UK and around the world.

The National Collections Centre is currently home to thousands of large items from the Science Museum Group collection—such as the world’s first hovercraft and an early robotic arm used in manufacturing—as well as the Science Museum’s Library and Archives which contain over half a million items that chart the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth century to the present day.

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Our proposal

The documents listed below formed the planning application submitted to Swindon Borough Council on 21 December 2017.





Header image: Wireless radio set No. 19 Mark III, developed for military use by Pye Limited and the Signals Research and Development Establishment, 1942-1946.

Explore objects from our collection