Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 by Jane Holdsworth, with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modelling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience.

Thames & Kosmos UK operates as the exclusive European distributor for the English Language science kit line of our partner company — the 189-year-old, German-based publishing house, Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH. Kosmos has an existing line of high-quality science kits that T&K translates, rewrites, and distributes in the English language. The UK branch was set up in 2010 to meet demand from UK and Europe.


Thames & Kosmos currently offers more than 80 science kits in thirteen categories: Chemistry, Physics, Alternative Energy & Environmental Science, Technology & Electronics, Biology, Earth Science & Natural History, Fun & Fundamentals, Astronomy, Classic Science, Little Labs, Ignition Series, Sophisticated Science, and Construction Series.


Thames & Kosmos products are highly regarded in the specialty toy and education market. Since the beginning, T&K products have received dozens of awards from the most reputable organisations that review products for children.


Thames & Kosmos sells its products worldwide in retail stores, toy and gift catalogues, specialty toy and hobby stores, museum stores, educational distributors, home-school suppliers, and online stores. For a list of retailers in the UK please Contact Us.