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Past research projects

Find out more about previous research projects undertaken by the Science Museum.

UK-China curatorial residency

We are expanding our work in and with China—this project explored opportunities to work with our collections in new ways.

The meaning of applied science

This project explored the meaning and use of the category ‘applied science’ from its emergence to its fading at the end of the Cold War.

Energy in Store

This project explored opportunities and constraints regarding access, consultation and communication between the Science Museum Group and the volunteer heritage sector.

Booming '50s, swinging '60s

An intermedial study of the public culture of science (1950-1970), comparing museum exhibitions and TV programmes on similar themes.

Family history films

Two family historians tell the human stories behind some of the extraordinary objects in the Science Museum’s collections.

Music, noise and silence

In 2015, scholars from across the world discussed narratives for a future exhibition on science, technology and music.

Oramics to electronica

Electronic music history explored through the work of pioneer Daphne Oram and studios EMS and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Phostem network workshops

Science, technology and medicine historians discussed issues in the public culture of science history with museum professionals.

Collecting project

The Science Museum searched for people with a passion for music and music technologies to collaborate on ideas for the museum’s collections.

Museums of the new age

Science Museum Composer in Residence, Jean-Philippe Calvin, created a soundtrack for the 1927 silent film ‘Museums of the New Age’.