Science Museum Wroughton
Wiltshire, SN4 9LT
+44 1793 846222 (response on Fridays only)
Friday 10:00 – 17:00 by prior appointment only
Closed on bank holidays and between 25 December and 1 January
Free admission, but there can be a charge for special events
Wroughton Airfield, on the A4361 south of Swindon, Wiltshire. Follow the signs for Wroughton from the A4365 (M4 Junction 16) or the A345 (M4 Junction 15) and then the brown ‘Science Museum’ signs.
Chargus Midas Super E
De Havilland DH.84 Dragon
De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
De Havilland Devon C.2
De Havilland Comet 4B
De Havilland Comet 1A (nose)
Folland Gnat T.1
Handley Page HP.39 Gugnunc
Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101
Huntair Pathfinder II
LET Z.37 Cmelak
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Mignet HM.14 Pou-de-Ciel
The Wroughton ‘out station’ near Swindon houses the large object store for the Science Museum in London, and holds all the large exhibits that are not on display there. In particular, visitors can see a number of airliners from the Air Transport Collection, plus other large exhibits such as agricultural machinery, cars and lorries. Among the aircraft on display are some very rare items, including the Boeing 247, Handley Page Gugnunc and the only Lockheed Constellation in the UK.
See also Science Museum London
The Science Museum has submitted plans to build a new store for 340,000 of its objects near Swindon.
The 545-acre former airfield in Wroughton currently stores the museum’s large objects, when they are not needed for display, in 10 hangars.
But due to the cramped conditions and “failing 1940s infrastructure” the stores are not open to the public.
The London museum said the new building would house 80% of its collection and be regularly open to the public.
The Wiltshire site was taken over by the Science Museum in the late 1970s.
Along with the airliner used for a Rolling Stones tour, the site also holds the first hovercraft, MRI scanners and deactivated nuclear missiles.
A spokesman for the museum, said: “The new facility will enable us to improve and speed up the process of preparing objects for loan to other organisations, or for display in new galleries and exhibitions across our family of museums.”
Matt Moore, head of site, said: “It’s fantastic to think that we are really close to transforming the site and how we manage, and access, our collection.”
Plans for the new facility, which is the size of two football pitches, have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council.
BBC News 23 December 2017