THE Museum’s major commitment to University teaching – the M. Sc. course on the history of instruments, museums, science and technology – has been suspended for the current academic year because both the building and the collection are inaccessible.
The set documents for the course include some in the familiar form of passages from printed texts. Also included are images (prints, charts, and maps) and artefacts (gunnery instruments, astrolabes and globes) taken from collections in Oxford libraries and from the Museum. A further novelty is that the material is made available to students via the Internet, a characteristic appropriate, perhaps, to a course named after the three traditional icons of innovation of late-Renaissance Europe.