Our site at Wroughton is home to the Science Museum’s world-class Library and Archive collection of over half a million items.
Researchers may consult our collection there by prior appointment on Fridays only, from 10.00 to 17.00. Small quantities of material can also be ordered for consultation in London at the Dana Research Centre and Library.
Notice about large object storage at Wroughton
Wroughton is also where large objects from the Science Museum Group collection are kept when not on display. The object store is not open to the public and we cannot grant access to our collection in person. However, you can explore over 150,000 objects and archives on our ever-growing Collection Online.
Science Museum Library and Archive Collection
The Science Museum’s world-class library and archive collections chart the world-wide development and history of science, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.
Original printed works include books, journals, patents, trade literature, directories and maps in English and other European languages. The archives hold original records of some of the most famous and influential individuals and companies in the fields of science, medicine, engineering and industry.
Some books and journals are available at the Dana Research Centre and Library in London, but nearly all the collections are stored at the Science Museum’s Wroughton facility, near Swindon. Selected items can be transported to the library in London for consultation there.