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New collections management facility at Wroughton

The Science Museum Group is undertaking an ambitious project to transform how we care for and share our world-leading collection. This once-in-a-generation opportunity includes investing in new facilities at our site in Wroughton, near Swindon.

A new building at the site will become home to more than 80% of our collection (roughly 340,000 objects) and will provide stable and accessible conditions for their management and care. The new facility will enable us to improve and speed up the process of preparing objects for loan to other organisations, or for display in new galleries and exhibitions across our family of museums in Bradford, Manchester, London, York and Shildon. The building will be regularly open to the public through a varied programme of tours, learning and research visits.

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Our proposal

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




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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.

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