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View across the large object grid showing the huge scale of the collection management facility

The first of 300,000 historic items from the Science Museum Group Collection have arrived in their new home, an innovative collection management facility at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire.

In a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition for the nation, the remarkable contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, innovative wheelchairs and communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – will join the Science Museum Group Collection.

Box labelled 'Dr White's Belt - adjustable, for comfort' with accompanying safety pins in a small plastic bag

American inventor Mary Kenner spent her life inventing objects that made everyday tasks easier for people. To mark her birthday, Assistant Curator Rebecca Raven explores her life and work, including the invention of the sanitary belt, which played an important but overlooked role in the development of menstrual products.

infant feeding bottle

Assistant Curator Miriam Dafydd looks back at some of the objects used to support parents in feeding babies over the centuries.

Never been seen screenshot

Explore objects from the Science Museum Group Collection never seen online before thanks to a new digitisation tool.

Toys used for Lowenfeld's 'World Technique' therapy

With Christmas approaching, Harriet Jackson explores some of the stories behind the toys in the Science Museum Group Collection.

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