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Research and public history

The Science Museum supports a thriving programme of research which aims to promote new ways of understanding our collections, audiences and exhibitions.

Our researchers come from a range of academic disciplines and engage with the specific practices of the museum as well as more theoretical work on the themes of historical and contemporary science, technology and medicine.

The Research and Public History Department supports grant applications led by the Science Museum and partner universities as well as a growing programme of conferences, workshops and other events.

If you would like to work with us please email us

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Research projects

The Research and Public History department delivers academic quality research to our collections, audiences and concerns. Find out more about current and past research.

Live Science

Live Science

Learn about opportunities for high-calibre biomedical researchers to carry out research with visitor volunteers in the Science Museum’s contemporary science wing.

Researchers using the Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre and Library.

Collaborative doctoral awards

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) provides funding for doctoral projects. This year’s awards were announced in January 2018.

SMG Journal

SMG Journal

The Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the work of the Science Museum Group.

About the Academy (Teachers course)


The Science Museum Group Academy offers research-informed science engagement training and resources for teachers, museum and STEM professionals.

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Research strategy

We aim to become the world’s most research-informed science museum group by 2022, building on our core strengths and developing our expertise.

Main image: Public History Research Programme Ph.D student Alice Haigh visiting the Science Museum to research her thesis. Pictured with 2004-172 Valve heater transformer from ‘Colossus’ .