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:
Find out about this 5-month residency that explored the museum’s collections and researched narratives for an exhibition on China.
This project examines the meaning and use of the category ‘Applied Science’ from the Napoleonic wars to the end of the Cold War.
An initiative that explores how people in the past used instruments, machines and equipment to achieve particular results.
A research project that aims to explain variety and change in Europe’s relationships with nuclear energy.
Exploring the constraints and opportunities between the Science Museum Group and the volunteer heritage sector.
This project looks beyond well-known individuals and the Royal Society to examine how modern science developed in 17th- and 18th-century London.
This project is making it easier to find out about railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland in the early 20th century.
This project aims to contribute to sustainable energy use by addressing communication-related challenges in the energy and culture sector.
This project aims to experiment with how the museum’s two new strategies can be combined to create a new role for the museum in Bradford.
Find out about previous research projects undertaken by the Science Museum, including Music, Noise and Silence, Oramics to Electronica and more.