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RenaissanceAstThe Museum has a world-class collection of historic scientific objects relating to astronomy, time, electricity, chemistry, medicine, photography, microscopy, mathematics, early radio technology and more. Along with a rich collection of books and archive material, the museum can provide historical context for topics such as the development of science, technology and medicine, and Renaissance studies. Taught sessions are available to support Schools’ History Project GCSE unit ‘Medicine through Time’.

Taught sessions for secondary and post-16 are normally available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sessions vary in length between 1-2 hours and normally accommodate between 20-30 students depending on the session.

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Key Stages 3 and 4

FF globe_icon Globe Makers: Science and the Great Age of Exploration

  • Discover early techniques of navigation.
  • Explore the Museum’s collection.
  • Find out about maps and globes, and make a model globe.
Secret Knowledge: The Art and Science of Perspective

  • Optical demonstrations.
  • Geometry and the invention of linear perspective.
  • Hands-on drawing with camera obscuras.
German diptych dial_icon Time Tellers: Sundials

  • Movement of the Earth and Sun.
  • Discover sundials and make working models.
  • Learning through objects.
14th-century astrolabe Science and Islam

  • Discover Islamic instruments from the collection.
  • Find out about science in early Islam.
  • Make a model astrolabe and discover how to use it.
wax head_icon Medicine through Time: Surgery and Anatomy

  • Surgery and anatomy the early modern period.
  • Looking at original books and instruments.
  • Medical research including early blood transfusions.
Penicillin culture vessels Penicillin, the Wonder Drug

  • The story of penicillin.
  • How social and historical factors affect scientific discovery.
  • Antibiotics and x-ray crystallography.

A-level and Post-16

120126Edu_009Renaissance Books_icon Renaissance Books

  • See a wide range of early books and illustrations.
  • Discover the impact of printing during the Renaissance.
  • Explore the Museum’s collection of Renaissance instruments.