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Our world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Come behind the scenes as we explore new object acquisitions and meet the conservation team.

On the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest milestones in space exploration, Deputy Keeper of Technologies and Engineering Doug Millard looks back at the celebrations that followed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic mission.

Curator Dr. Katy Barrett reflects on the vibrant work of British artist Chila Burman, whose art has given light in a time of darkness and highlights the importance of Indian traditions within British identity.

Flushing toilets are a staple of our modern lives, but what we now take for granted is still a relatively new technological innovation. Assistant Curator Kerry Grist explores their fascinating history.

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