For over a century The Science Museum Group has studied, displayed and cared for the nation’s scientific heritage. This incredible collection is astonishing, beautiful and world-renowned.
However, only a small proportion of the collection is visible online or in their five museums. However a new ambitious project will transform public access to these historic items, enabling the public to explore more than ever before.
For the first time the Science Museum Group Collection will be open to all, accessible through public tours of the collection’s first purpose-built home and freely available online through the world’s most extensive online collection of science, technology, engineering and medicine.
Their team at the Blythe House object store in west London are working hard to study, record, digitise, pack and transport over 300,000 objects to their new home at the National Collections Centre.
As part of that work, thousands of historic items are being photographed and published online for the first time, ready for you to explore.
They will also continue to share incredible stories from the collection through short films and long-form online content. New online tools (such as the Random Object Generator) will help you discover items from across this vast collection.
Soon they will begin construction of a new collection management facility at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire, which as the collection’s new home will provide stable conditions for its long-term preservation and care.
This new facility is the size of 600 double decker buses (90m wide and almost 300m long) and features a spacious storage hall, conservation laboratories, research spaces and photography studios.
Once the new facility is completed in 2020, they will then begin the mammoth task of moving 300,000 objects into their new home.
From 2023, the facility will welcome thousands of school children, researchers and members of the public, giving you unprecedented access to the national collection.