Science Museum

Key Information

  • Collection Name: Science Museum Library and Archive Collection
  • Reference Number: 059
  • Date of last revision: 26 October 2017
  • Address: Science Museum at Wroughton, Hackpen Lane, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9LT
  • Person in charge: Nick Wyatt
  • Contact telephone number(s): 01793 846222
  • Contact email address:
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  • Opening hours: Friday 10:00-17:00
  • Access: The Library and Archives at Wroughton is free to visit and open to the public and researchers on Fridays, 10.00–17.00, by prior appointment only.
  • Facilities for copying: We have photocopying and specialist digital scanning facilities and can provide copies of items from our collections—subject to copyright requirements, any access restrictions that might apply, and the condition of the material.
    We charge for this copying service, as required by copyright law. Charges are listed on our copying request form, or you can contact us for further details.
    Please note that payment is by cheque or credit card only. We accept most credit cards, with the exception of American Express and Diners Club.
  • Other Information: Please note material, depending on size and condition, can be ordered to our London library at the Dana Research Centre and Library, open Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00. For more information, please see:

Content: Approx. 2,500 sheets (excluding OS and Geological Survey maps) and 100 atlases. General collection, with bias towards geological mapping. Some 18th and 19th century material, but mostly 20th century. However few maps now acquired. Various OS sets (some incomplete) including the 1:63,360 Old series (1844-60), and the 1:10,560 2nd edition (1890s-1914). Modern OS series at scales of 1:25,000 and 1:50,000.

Various Geological Survey sets (incomplete) including the 1:63,360 New Series (1871-1982) and the 1:10,560 for the later 19th century (1845-94).

Special collections include early railway and canal maps, mostly British. The ARCHIVES OF S. PEARSON AND SON include many maps of areas in which the company was involved, world-wide (a few in manuscript). The SIMMONS COLLECTION Includes many maps (mostly OS 1:63,360) annotated to show windmill and watermill sites.

Published by: Clare Gordon

Clare Gordon