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While our curators identify items to collect to represent our experience of COVID-19, here are ten remarkable items from past pandemics.

Hand sanitizer and mask

Tomorrow (28th July), Locomotion will be our first of our five museums to open its doors to visitors. Roger Highfield, Science Director, describes the science behind reopening.

Last week, the Science Museum Group announced its reopening plans, following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Julia Knights, Chair of the Group’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Deputy Director of the Science Museum, outlines the steps the Group is taking to put sustainability at the heart of re-opening its five museums to the public.

Never before have so many of the world’s researchers focused so urgently on a single topic. Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses how COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role of science in combating disease and how the greatest health challenge of a generation has changed science.

Sample of final synthetic malaria vaccine

In the global race to curb the pandemic, scientists are testing a new kind of vaccine. Roger Highfield, Science Director, talks to key figures in the ‘David and Goliath’ race for a COVID-19 ‘RNA vaccine’.

A view inside Watt's Workshop at the Science Museum.

Head of Collections Tilly Blyth examines how the choices we make about what to research can help us to understand the role objects in our collection had in supporting colonial structures and the new roles the collection might play in creating spaces that are open for everyone.

Model of the lungs.

Science Director Roger Highfield explores how growing human tissue into mini-organs, or ‘organoids’, will help the fight against COVID-19, from explaining puzzling complications to creating novel treatments.

The UK has analysed the genetic sequences of more SARS-CoV-2 viruses than any other country. Science Director Roger Highfield investigates how this and other data can help understand how to control the virus and ultimately save lives.