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MHS Maths Appeal

Dr Stephen Johnston, Deputy Director, answers questions from a local primary school about the Museum’s collections.

How did you learn maths at school?

‘While Oxford has a fantastic range of places for children to visit, it has become evident that there is little available to support the learning of maths outside the classroom. I believe that there is an opportunity for museums to support teachers to meet the demands of the new curriculum, and help children understand maths in the ‘real world.’

(Assistant Head Teacher Erin Kennedy from Cutteslowe Primary School)

The Museum of the History of Science is committed to responding to the challenge described by Erin Kennedy. We want to use our collections to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.

Our new pilot Maths Project will provide unique and exciting opportunities for children to learn maths outside the classroom, surrounded by iconic objects such as the humble blackboard used by Albert Einstein when he came to Oxford in 1931. Children will be able to explore maths in the ‘real world’ and become more skilled and confident in using maths for themselves. In order to do this we need to raise £28000 – enough to develop pilot workshops for school groups, run special activity days for families and produce a new maths museum trail for younger children.

Help us to take maths beyond the classroom and to inspire young people for the future. Please support the MHS Maths Appeal by donating online today or by printing this form and sending a donation by post.

As a supporter we will send you a report about the project and an invitation to a special event to meet Museum staff and hear about the impact of your gift.

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Silke Ackermann

Join in the fun!

As part of the MHS Maths Appeal we are encouraging people to have some fun and enter our competition. As well as making a donation, you can download our MHS Polyhedron and put it together. Take a photo and send it by 10th April 2017 to with your name and a contact telephone number. The best photo showing the MHS polyhedron will be announced after 24th April.

If you would like to know more about the MHS Maths Appeal and how you can support the Museum, please contact Fiona Gourley, Head of Development (Gardens & Museums), or visit our donation page.