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The Museum frequently hosts lectures, usually as a series, in which experts in the field of the history of science and scientific instruments share their insights. For forthcoming lectures please see below.

  • Thu
    6:00 pm

    In the mid-thirteenth century Ibn Abi Usaybiʿah (ابن أبي أصيبعة‎‎, d. 1270), a practising physician in Syria, produced the earliest comprehensive history of medicine from any land. (more…)

  • Tue
    6:00 pm

    Professor Christopher Kennard (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) has spent a lifetime studying the visual system. In this talk he reveals how easily it can play tricks with our mind.(more…)


Many of the presentations are available as podcasts, some accompanied by slides and photographs – as for the following series on astronomy and telescopes.

February 2009

Telescopes Now website

Telescopes Now: real stories of astronomy today

Four eminent astronomers share stories behind some of the major instrumental developments of the modern era. The lectures, available here as podcasts, touch on the practical, technical, financial and organisational challenges facing telescope builders.

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