Current Exhibitions and Displays
WOMEN IN SCIENCE: Portraits, Archive Material, Trails and Talks
March – December 2018
100 years ago, the first group of women won the right to vote in the UK. In this centenary year, there is widespread recognition of the political role women have played in society.
But what about the vital contributions women have made to science over the centuries? For 2018 the Museum will be celebrating women throughout history who have contributed to our knowledge of the universe. Check back regularly for updates about our activities.
Is there a scientific woman you think should feature in our year of celebrations? We would love to hear about them. Drop us an email at email@example.com.
This display celebrates women who have been part of the scientific world, from the 1700s to the present day. Each scientific woman is linked to our Museum, either through an item in the collections or by their roles at the University of Oxford. It includes Sarah Angelina Acland, who was a pioneer of colour photography in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, and Mary Somerville, who was known as “The Queen of Nineteenth Century Science”.
Women have been involved in science for thousands of years as astronomers, mathematicians, instrument makers, and merchants.
Use this family trail to travel through our collections and find out about women like Caroline Herschel, an astronomer, and Ada Lovelace, a forerunner of computer coding.
Drop-in, ages 7+
In the Archives – June 2018
A display of rarely seen material from the Museum’s archive featuring Sarah Acland, Elizabeth Hippisley and more.
Shout Out For Women Trail- July 2018
This trail across the collections of Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums aims to highlight just some of the incredible women who are represented within our wonderful collections and buildings, from artists and scientists to curators.
Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist
Professor Ursula Martin – Thursday 27 September 2018
Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science?
Professor Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities. She recently wrote Ada Lovelace, the Making of a Computer Scientist with Christopher Hollings and Adrian Rice. It is the first popular account of the scientific and mathematical education of Ada Lovelace. We will update our events page with booking details in August.
Dr Patricia Fara – Thursday 22 November 2018
The author of A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War joins us at the Museum to talk about her work. We will update our events page with booking details in September.
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