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The Science & Society Picture Library (SSPL) represents the extraordinary collections of all museums in the Science Museum Group, including the Science Museum, National Railway Museum, National Science and Media Museum, and Science and Industry Museum. With an online offer of over 120,000 images, SSPL’s experienced researchers are ready to expertly fulfill any brief.

We are continuously adding the very best selections from our own collections as well as from archives around the globe including the National Archives, British Postal Museum, Planet News Archive, and Daily Herald Archive, to name only a few. SSPL has something for any project, and our online catalogue continues to grow every day.

We also offer footage, including classic clips of the twilight age of steam travel, Science Museum lecture films from the 1930s–1960s, the works of Louis Le Prince, Marey and Muybridge, and the poignant first ever colour film of 1902 by Lee and Turner.


gallery of sspl images


SSPL also provides decorative prints of over 70,000 images from our world-renowned collections. covers a broad range of evocative photography and art, including selections from the largest collection of railway travel posters in the world.

These striking images make a unique decorative touch for home or office and come in a range of sizes to fit any need. All our quality prints are available in a variety of paper finishes with the option of mounting and framing or as stretched canvas.

We deliver worldwide and ordering couldn’t be easier—simply browse our collection and place your order online.


To find out more about any of our images or archives and discuss rates, please contact our knowledgeable and helpful researchers:

Call: 020 7942 4400

Or visit and register on the SSPL website.