The magnificent Museum of the History of Science

Following on from the review of The Oxford University Museum (see Coleshed post of July 2016), Coleshed now takes you to the Museum of the History of Science also in Oxford.

Once again we are blessed in Britain with being surrounded by a richness of history. In this, the oldest purpose built museum in the world (1683), you can see all manner of extraordinary things which should impress even the dullest of minds. Including:

  1. A chalkboard with the actual writing of Albert Einstein explaining the principle of the expansion of the universe
  2. An astrolabe actually owned by Queen Elizabeth I
  3. An actual Chinese dragon-boat actual fire clock
  4. An X-ray actual machine used in the actual Boer War to find bullets actually lodged in injured soldiers
  5. A set of 19th century surgical implements for amputations and trepanation (obvs without anaesthetic)

…..not to mention a load of Marconi’s first wireless equipment, old cameras, chemistry ‘stuff’ and more…..


The main entrance guarded by a couple of Hoxton Hipsters

img_5414 img_5410


Einstein’s explanation for the expanding universe. (the first three lines explain the principle, whilst the lower four rows are simply putting some numerical value to this.) Obviously


How different life was for student in the 1890’s. This Wimshurst machine was purchased by a student to take X-ray images of his mate’s arms and legs. Presumably the equivalent of posting gurning selfies on Snapchat.



The museum has a fantastic collection of early scientific tools. In the 16th Century during the reign of Elizabeth I, astrolabes were important tools to map the heavens and to plot the motion of the sun and stars. these were used to predict events on earth.


Case of surgical instruments from 1830. Includes two hooks, two trephines, two tourniquets and lots of saws!






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s