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National Collections Centre

The National Collections Centre is currently home to 35,000 objects from the Science Museum Group Collection and the Science Museum’s world-class Library and Archive.

In 2018, we embarked on an ambitious project to create a new, publicly accessible home for over 300,000 items from the collection at the National Collections Centre.

This purpose-built facility will transform public access to the collection when it opens regularly for public tours, school and research visits from 2023.

Construction begins on the collection management facility
Construction begins on the collection management facility

Art Commission Brief (2019-2023)

In collaboration with arts organisation Foreground, we are seeking a contemporary artist to respond creatively to our project to transform public access to the National Collections Centre.

Our aim is that this four-year art commission will engage our local communities in Wroughton, Swindon and Wiltshire with the National Collections Centre site and the scale and significance of the Science Museum Group Collection.

The appointed artist (proposals from artistic partnerships, collaborations and collectives are also welcomed) is expected to start in late 2019 and the art commission will culminate in 2023 with the public opening of the new collection management facility.

Download the full brief
Submission deadline: 4 August 2019
Email submissions to: art.commissions@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

Visitors to the Science Museum Library and Archive study books from the collection
Visitors to the Science Museum Library and Archive study books from the collection

About the National Collections Centre

The National Collections Centre is located on the former RAF Wroughton airfield.

Alongside museum storage facilities, this 545-acre multipurpose site is made up of large open areas, native woodlands, runways and one of the UK’s largest solar farms.

The National Collections Centre also hosts research and development projects in collaboration between the Science Museum Group, science, engineering and film industries and academia.

Recent examples include testing solar and wind powered mobile phone technology, TV and film-making, large-scale smart motorway technology and the ‘Hive’ research space for the built environment with the University of Bath.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, or have a business or research opportunity, please contact us through: planning.feedback@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.