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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?

‘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 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.

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Silke Ackermann

If you would like to know more about the MHS Maths Appeal and how you can support the Museum, please contact Catherine House, Development Officer, at or visit our donation page.