Plan a research visit
Find out everything you need to know about our library and archive facilities before your visit.
Search Engine will reopen on Thursday 20 May. Find out more on our Plan a Research Visit page.
Search Engine will reopen with social distancing measures in place for pre-booked appointments on Thursdays to Saturdays. Please contact us via email to book an appointment.
While Search Engine is temporarily closed, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remains open online. You can find further information about the archives we care for via our online collection, the archive catalogue, the Science Museum library catalogue and the National Railway Museum library catalogue.
We aim to respond within 20 working days, however our responses may take longer due to COVID-19 and many colleagues working from home.
Our copying service has now fully reopened. Please find further details on our copying and copyright page.
Whatever you're interested in, from engineering and industry to the social history of railways, our research and archive facilities are here to help.
If you're looking for more information about a particular area of railway history and engineering, Search Engine is the place for you.
The Science Museum Group Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the wide-ranging work of the Science Museum Group. The journal freely shares the research of the Group's museums, including the National Railway Museum.
The oldest and fastest surviving Merchant Navy class locomotive in preservation hides a secret: it was built in 1941 at Eastleigh Works, where half the workforce was female.