Our mathematics collections include instruments for applications of mathematics such as navigation and surveying in addition to mathematical instruments as we understand them today. They include octants, sextants and measuring wheels for measuring distances along a road.
Our most famous physics exhibit is the blackboard used by Albert Einstein, but our collections also contain many historic instruments used by scientists in seeking to understand and measure the natural world.
The building that now houses the History of Science Museum originally contained a chemical laboratory. Our chemistry displays include artefacts that chart the development of chemistry up to the twentieth century.
Oxford University’s History of Science Museum and the Bodleian Libraries are joining forces to collect the stories of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the extraordinary responses to this global challenge across Oxford University.