Accession Record : Extract from Annual Report for 1925
SECOND ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1925 OF THE COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF THE LEWIS EVANS COLLECTION
Under "Collections on Loan"
"The most important of the College collections now lent for exhibition with the Lewis Evans Collection is the one associated with the name of Lord Orrery, great-nephew to Robert Boyle. The greater part of his instruments were made between 1690 and 1710, and an inventory of them was taken by the celebrated maker of mathematical instruments, Thomas Wright, in 1731, when they were transferred to Christ Church. The instruments in this collection illustrate in a unique manner the nature of the best instruments available for the study of Natural Philosophy in England at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth century. The ready comparison of the astronomical models in the Orrery Collection with pneumatic and electrical apparatus that took their place in the Oriel Collection a century later affords a most striking object-lesson of the advance of science in the eighteenth century."
Other Non-Orrery Collection items also came to the Museum on loan from Christ Church, but are not specifically mentioned, eg a Cuff-Type Compound Microscope, by Dollond, London, c. 1761.
- Featured instrument label
- Copernican armillary sphere
- Inventory no. 22252 - Former Display Label
- Orrery Collection: 1731 Inventory
- Former Display Label - The Orrery Collection of Scientific Instruments
- Former Display Label - The Principal Makers of Instruments in the Orrery Collection
- Orrery Collection in print