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Boats on the river at Putney, London, in 1933

Each spring crowds of thousands gather on the banks of the river Thames in west London for The Boat Race, a rowing competition between crews from Cambridge and Oxford universities. Ahead of this year’s race, we reveal the story behind one winning boat.

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.

In early 2020, we commissioned artist Bedwyr Williams to create an artistic response to the Science Museum Group Collection and its new home at the National Collections Centre (NCC) in Wiltshire, which will open to the public in 2024.

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.

Colleagues at the tree planting day at the National Collections Centre.

To mark National Tree Week, colleagues from across the Science Museum Group gathered at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire to help plant 1,000 trees.

View across the large object grid showing the huge scale of the collection management facility

The first of 300,000 historic items from the Science Museum Group Collection have arrived in their new home, an innovative collection management facility at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire.