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Research and public history

The Science Museum supports a thriving programme of research which aims to promote new ways of understanding our collections, audiences and exhibitions.

Find out more about the Research team

If you would like to work with us, please email us at

What we do

Research projects

The Research and Public History department delivers academic quality research to our collections, audiences and concerns. See current and past research on our projects page.

Live Science

Learn about opportunities for high-calibre biomedical researchers to carry out research with visitor volunteers in the Science Museum’s contemporary science wing.

SMG Journal

The Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the work of the Science Museum Group.


The Science Museum Group Academy offers research-informed science engagement training and resources for teachers, museum and STEM professionals.

Research strategy

We aim to become the world’s most research-informed science museum group by 2022, building on our core strengths and developing our expertise.

research and public history team

Our researchers come from a range of academic disciplines and engage with the specific practices of the museum as well as more theoretical work on the themes of historical and contemporary science, technology and medicine.

The Research and Public History Department supports grant applications led by the Science Museum and partner universities as well as a growing programme of conferences, workshops and other events.


Main image: Visitors taking part in a Science Museum Lates event held in association with the Francis Crick Institute