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To mark the start of Black History Month in the UK, Assistant Director & Head Curator Andrew McLean explores the legacy of Asquith Xavier, who successfully fought to become the first black worker employed as a train guard at London Euston station in 1966. This post is part of our Open for All series.

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.

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.