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In Print Exhibition

In Print title

11 February – 8 June 2014

Since Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable type
printing press in the mid-15th century, prints have
been a hugely important means of recording, circulating
and debating knowledge.

From woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs
through to the modern process print, the material here
illustrates technological advancements in printing along
with changing theories and ideas. In the 18th and 19th
centuries, the latest scientific thinking in particular
reached a growing audience through popular journals,
satires, caricatures, and the depiction of instruments and

In Print showcases some highlights of the Museum’s
collection – from the important to the obsolete to the
downright odd.

Balloons, Steam Walkers, and Carriages

Self operating fire escapes, smoke balls and diving bells

James Gillray and Caricature

James Ferguson and Benjamin Martin – Paper instrument makers

Phonographs, Magic Lanterns and Harmonic Diagrams

Magic Circles and Sundials

Surgeons, Surgery, and Medical Instruments

A Celestial Atlas