Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld - Cultures in Conversation
Immerse yourself in a selection of some of the world’s finest pieces of Islamic metalwork ranging from Iran to Egypt.
From stunning court fashion to intriguing astrolabes, these objects combine forms and decorations from very different places. Each one tells us a story which always starts and ends in a different place.
Celebrating the extraordinary story of Oxford Instruments to mark 60 years since its foundation. The first modern spin-out from the University, it has grown from a company of two, Martin and Audrey Wood, to a global enterprise.
‘Dear Harry…’ Henry Moseley: A Scientist Lost to War'
This special exhibition marks Moseley’s great contribution to science and reveals the impact of his death on the international scientific community and its relationship with government and the armed forces.
Was Chaucer a geek? Were the beautiful devices of the past the geek gadgets of their day? And with our screen-based, computer-driven lifestyles are we all geek? Beginning in the present day this exhibition sweeps backwards in time, from the geeky enterprise of 1980s home computing all the way to medieval astronomical instruments.
From woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs through to the modern process print, In Print showcases some highlights of the Museum’s collection – from the important to the obsolete to the downright odd.
The exhibition was a collaboration with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which closed during 2013 for essential roof repairs. The display of its specimens in the History of Science Museum building in Broad Street represents a return of natural history to its original Oxford home.
This exhibition of objects and video shows how scientists have gradually revealed the anatomy, functional regions, architecture, and electrical activity of the brain, and draws on work in Oxford from the 17th century to current research at the frontiers of neuroscience.
A display of books and related archive material from the collection revealing the instruments and teaching of physics as was the fashion in the 18th century. These books show some of the most attractive illustrations of demonstrations of natural philosophy.
‘Atmospheres’ draws on the Museum’s collection, featuring many objects never previously displayed together with material preserved in the University’s science departments, providing Oxford examples of the broader development of meteorology from ancient origins to modern space science.
The first steps towards true motion pictures, began with simple yet marvellous toys of optical illusion. From the fancily named Thaumatrope to the simple Flip Book, the toys outlined in this exhibition heralded the emergence of cinema whilst retaining an enduring appeal long after movies hit the silver screen.
This display illustrates the range of Elliott’s work in British instrument manufacturing in the 19th and 20th centuries, from drawing instruments to industrial measurement, navigational devices to engineering models.
Al-Mizan’ is the Arabic word for balance – both the familiar measuring instrument and the metaphorical pursuit of justice and harmony in all human endeavours. This exhibition explores the connections between the sciences and arts in Muslim societies.
The world’s first museum exhibition of Steampunk art, curated by American artist and designer Art Donovan, showcased the work of 18 Steampunk artists from across the globe, featuring Steampunk machines in action and costumed visitors on the Museum’s Steampunk Catwalk.
Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750
Architecture in England was commonly identified as a branch of practical mathematics through design, the practical skills of drawing, and a reliance on measurement, calculation and proportion. This exhibition examines the work of such renowned figures as Sir Christopher Wren and Inigo Jones, together with less familiar characters, from Henry VIII’s engineers to London’s entrepreneurial instrument makers.
Heaven on Earth: Missionaries and the Mathematical Arts in 17th-century Beijing
In the year of the Beijing Olympics and the ‘China Now’ festival throughout the UK, the Museum built an exhibition around a remarkable set of 17th-century Chinese prints. Prepared under the direction of the Jesuit astronomer Ferdinand Verbiest, the set is a key witness to early modern cultural contact between Europe and China.
The exhibition “moonscope” featured the work of the 18th-century artist John Russell and the contemporary watercolourist Rebecca Hind whose work responds to the moon as it “reveals many faces and yet still remains elusive”.
The Museum’s second exhibition organized in collaboration with the Antiquarian Horological Society showcases clocks of provincial origins. It quickly becomes clear that the clock is a powerful tool for studying how both technology and style not only spread but also are adapted to local circumstances.