The Science Museum at Wroughton

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On a site of breathtaking scale near Swindon we store the large and iconic objects from the National Collections of the Science Museum... and we’ve got 18,000 of them.

The collections span the whole spectrum of scientific and technological interest for all ages, ranging from the giant Lockheed Constellation airliner to early computers, from bicycles to the massive Wood printing press, and from MRI scanners to hovercraft.

The Science Museum Group site at Wroughton is a working storage facility and is not normally open to the public. If you have any enquiries about the site, corporate hire, storage facilities or any other business related matters please contact the Head of Site - matt.moore@sciencemuseum.org.uk. For general enquiries about a particular object or collection, or to book a research place for an object, please contact: scmobjectenquiries@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Unfortunately the Science Museum at Wroughton is a busy working storage facility and due to the nature of the work is no longer open to the public.

Admission charges

N/A

Additional info

We are now home to the Science Museum Library and Archive, which is open to the public on Fridays via prior arrangement. 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. Selected items can be transported to the Dana Research Centre and library in London for consultation there.

We welcome research-based group visits at the Library. This service is available on Tuesdays and you must book at least a month in advance. Your visit will be focused on how to research and use our collections and we will highlight which materials are most appropriate for your needs.

For any Library or Archive enquiries please contact SMLWroughton@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk

Home to the collections of the London Science Museum we store and conserve over 18,000 large objects including aircraft, cars and tractors, fire-fighting appliances, industrial production machinery, large scientific instruments, machine tools, motorcycles, printing, and telecommunications.

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Aviation, Inland Waterways, Industry, Land Transport, Maritime, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Although we are not currently open on a regular basis we plan to build a brand new museum facility on the Swindon site. This will allow us to provide public access to our spectacular objects on a regular basis.

The Science Museum at Wroughton
Hackpen Lane
Wroughton
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 9LT
England

Website

Library and Archives at Wroughton

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about-us/collections-and-research/activities-and-projects/dana-centre/wroughton-library

Telephone

Library phone answered on Fridays

01793 846222

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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