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:
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.
A study of sound in science and culture and of medical knowledge gained from 19th century sonic experiments.
This project looks beyond well-known individuals and the Royal Society to examine how modern science developed in 17th- and 18th-century London.
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.
Science Museum Composer in Residence Jean-Philippe Calvin is creating a new soundtrack for the 1927 silent film ‘Museums of the New Age’.
Find out about previous research projects undertaken by the Science Museum, including Music, Noise and Silence, Oramics to Electronica and more.