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behind the scenes

In 1998, the Science Museum delivered an ambitious, ground-breaking touring exhibition that took many of its most important objects to Japan. Treasures of the Science Museum showcased objects that had never left Britain before. Its Project Curator, Nick Wyatt, now the museum’s Keeper of Library and Archives, explores this project, and describes more recent cooperation with Japan.

The Collection Unpacking team celebrate unpacking the 100,000th object in its new home.

Go behind the scenes with Collection Unpacking Assistants Esme & Holly as they celebrate unpacking 100,000 items from the Science Museum Group Collection in their new home.

A forklift truck moves an object in the collection management facility.

At the National Collections Centre, our dedicated Logistics team specialise in moving objects, working closely with the Conservation & Collections Care colleagues. As we prepare to move some of our largest objects into their new home, conservator Kirsten Strachan reflects on what it takes to carefully move these important items.

This month a major Science Museum Group collection milestone has been reached: more than 150,000 objects now have an image attached in our online collection. Up from 5% in 2018, over a third of all objects in the collection are now visible online in a dramatic increase in accessibility.