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Research and archive

Search Engine is open Thursday to Saturday. 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. 

A separate admission ticket is also required for access to the museum.

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.

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.

Browse our photographic collections

Part of the Science Museum Group