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Learning Resources

The following resources are available online or as downloadable documents in pdf format which will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar pdf reader.

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Animate It

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The Animate It project resulted in a series of short films that bring to life a selection of working scientific instruments from the Museum’s collection. All are on permanent display but for conservation reasons would not normally be handled or demonstrated in public. The films include demonstration, explanation, and some historical background. Science and Islam is a learning resource which includes an online version of a temporary exhibition of objects from the Museum’s collection of Islamic instruments, and a set of teaching resources for Science, Mathematics, and Art.

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Discovering the Museum

These worksheets are designed to give a general introduction to the Museum with highlights of the three main galleries in the Museum. They are suitable mainly for KS3 (11-14 age range) and may be used to support a self-guided visit.

Entrance Gallery [pdf]

Basement Gallery [pdf]

Top Gallery [pdf]

Multimedia Resources

The Museum’s multimedia resources include a virtual tour of the Museum, downloadable audio guides, videos, podcasts of talks at the Museum, and animations, all of which can be used to support self-guided visits and pre- and post-visit material.

Science and Islam

Science and Islam is a learning resource which includes an online version of a temporary exhibition of objects from the Museum’s collection of Islamic instruments, and a set of teaching resources for Science, Mathematics, and Art.

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Science and Islam resources for teaching and learning

The Renaissance Globe Project

The Renaissance Globe Project includes resources for exploring globes in the collection, downloadable and video resources for making your own model globe, and other ideas and information.

Globes in the Collection

Make a model globe

Discover the earliest printed celestial globe – see this video

The World through a Microscope

This is a teaching resource exploring the history of microscopy. It suitable mainly for KS3 (11-14 age range) and may be used to support visits to the museum or adapted for independent use in the classroom.

The World through a Microscope [pdf]

Art Teaching Resources

To find out more about art visits to the Museum and art teaching resources, see Art Teaching Resources.