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Research and archive

Due to COVID-19, Search Engine is closed to the public until further notice. While Search Engine is temporarily closed, our collection⁠—and the inspirational stories it contains⁠—remains open to you online. You can find further information about the archives we care for via our online collection and the archive catalogue.

We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out more about the items in the Science Museum Group Collection. Please contact us via email at search.engine@railwaymuseum.org.uk. We would normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days, however responses may take longer at the moment due to COVID-19.  


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.

Find out how to plan a research visit.

Science Museum Group Journal

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.