The Science Museum Group Journal has been read by over 64,000 individual readers since its launch in 2014. It receives between 40 and 120 visits per day and more than 2000 readers subscribe to receive our newsletter. All Journal articles can be found on DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), EBSCO, Academia and Mendeley. The editorial team is committed to increasing the readership thus ensuring that each article receives ever-widening exposure as the Journal matures.

Appointment of a Reviews Editor

The Journal has appointed Dr Geoffrey Belknap to a new role of Reviews Editor. The aim of the appointment is to inject some new thinking into the reviews section and Geoff has begun his role in this spirit. His article in issue 08 provokes a debate about what a reviews section in a contemporary online journal should do. He invites your comments and thoughts which you can send via the research unit twitter account @ResearchSMG or using

Issue 09

Issue 09 of the Journal (Spring 2018) is a special issue on the Material Culture of Energy guest-edited by Professor Frank Trentmann of Birkbeck University. The issue includes a balance of papers from academic authors and museum professionals that aims to raise issues and provoke discussion about this fascinating topic.

Invitation to contribute

We invite scholars to submit original research, discussion or review papers relating to subjects that chime with the interests of the Science Museum Group and the wider science museum community for forthcoming issues of the Journal. We are now gathering content for issues 10 (Autumn 2018) and 11 (Spring 2019). The submission deadline for Issue 10 is 31 May2018 with publication in October 2018. Submission guidelines are provided on the ‘How to submit’ pages of the Journal. If you have general questions about article submission or if you would like to contribute an article, discussion or review piece please don’t hesitate to contact the editorial team at


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The Dana Research Centre and Library

The Dana Research Centre is located in the Dana Centre at the rear of the Science Museum, in South Kensington, London. Opened in 2016, the Dana Research Centre aims to promote the Science Museum as an important centre for scholarly research and it is home to the Museum’s Research & Public History Department, and to the Museum’s students and funded research projects. The Centre also provides a library with a selection of books and journals, a reading room and public access to the Science Museum’s electronic resources. Here the public can access and order items held at the the extensive Science and Society library and archive collections stored at Wroughton (the Group’s large storage facility in Swindon). Do come and visit the Dana Centre to pick up a library card and browse the collection. More details, including the address can be found here. General questions about Library aspects may be directed to, and more general research programme enquiries to

Publication of writing prize winners

In 2016 the Science Museum Group Journal launched a writing prize to encourage and reward research articles by talented early career scholars. We are delighted to be publishing the winning articles in issue 08 of the Journal. Our congratulations to Joshua Butt (Manchester Metropolitan University) and John Kannenberg (University of Arts, London) who shared the £500 prize, and to Jean-François Fava-Verde (University of Leeds) whose article was recommended for publication by the judging panel.

The 2017/18 Science Museum Journal Writing Competition is open and we welcome entries up to the deadline of 1 March 2018. The prize of £500 is awarded annually to the author of the best original research article which addresses research questions around science history, heritage, exhibitions, communications and public engagement. Further details about the writing prize are available here.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The call for proposals for the 2017 round of AHRC-funded Science Museums and Archives Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Awards is now closed. Please contact us at if you wish to develop a proposal for the next deadline in September 2018. Further details about the doctoral awards is given on the Science Museum’s Research and Public History webpages here. 

Books and articles

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Refrigerator: The Story of Cool in the Kitchen has been published by Reaktion books ( Authored by Helen Peavitt, curator of Consumer Technology at the Science Museum, London, the book explores the history of refrigeration and how the fridge has become an essential appliance in our homes. To order the book with a 20% discount, readers of the Science Museum Group Journal can go to and enter the discount code FRIDGE20 at the checkout.

The British Anti-Psychiatrists, a monograph by Oisin Wall, Research Curator of the Medicine Galleries at the Science Museum, London is now available from Routledge. (

A chapter by Assistant Curator of the Science Museum’s Medicine galleries, Sarah Bond, is included in Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt edited by Mirjam Brusius and Kavita Singh  The chapter is entitled Serendipity, Transparency, and Wonder: The Value of Visitable Storage. A 20% discount is available to readers who purchase via the Routledge website (not to be used with any other offer). Enter the code FLR40 at the checkout.

The latest volume from the Artefacts Consortium conference series (published by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press) is now available ( Challenging Collections: Approaches to the Heritage of Recent Science and Technology is edited by Alison Boyle (Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum) and Johannes-Geert Hagmann (Head of Curatorial Department AII-Technology at the Deutsches Museum). It focuses on questions around collecting post-Second World War scientific and technological heritage and on how such artefacts can be displayed and interpreted for diverse publics.

Research Seminars

The Science Museum’s Research & Public History department continues to support a range of workshops, conference and seminars. Email for a full timetable.


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