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Research projects

The Research and Public History department exists to advocate, facilitate and deliver academic quality research into our collections, audiences and concerns so as to support our programmes. Find out more about current and past research below:

Man in a laboratory 1949

The meaning of applied science

This project examines the meaning and use of the category ‘Applied Science’ from the Napoleonic wars to the end of the Cold War.

17th century map of London

Metropolitan science

This project looks beyond well-known individuals and the Royal Society to examine how modern science developed in 17th- and 18th-century London.

Commemorative key presented to the Chairman of the Board of the Manchester Guardian Society for the Protection of Trade in 1899.

Who cares? project

Finding new ways to work with ‘unloved collections’: museum objects deemed unsuitable for display due to their technical focus, bulk or lack of eye appeal.

Museums of the modern age

Museums of the new age

Science Museum Composer in Residence Jean-Philippe Calvin is creating a new soundtrack for the 1927 silent film ‘Museums of the New Age’.

Family history films

Past research projects

Find out about previous research projects undertaken by the Science Museum, including Music, Noise and Silence, Oramics to Electronica and more.