Art in exhibitions

The History of Science Museum has provided inspiration for many contemporary artists and students. Artists who have exhibited at the Museum include Ray Lee (The Ethometric Museum), Susan Derges (Natural Magic), Nick Turvey (Curved Glass), Matthew Galpin (Anvilled Stars), Rebecca Hind (Moonscape), and Roddy Bell (The Book of Imaginary Science).

Previous artist-led exhibitions

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An exhibition about sciences and arts in the Islamic world

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Anvilled Starrs

An intervention of meteoric mirrors created by artist and sculptor, Matthew Galpin

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An exhibition of images of the moon including water colours created by contemporary artist Rebecca Hind

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Small Worlds

An exhibition about the history of microscopy and the ‘art of the invisible’, featuring a fascinating array of images from historic microscope slides

A Steampunk diving helmet featured on the front page of the exhibition programme


The world’s first museum exhibition of steampunk art, including photographs and videos

Natural Magic

Natural Magic

An exhibition of photographs by the contemporary artist and photographer Susan Derges inspired by the Museum’s collection of early chemical apparatus

Objects of Invention: student engineer giving a demonstration of a model Newcomen steam pump

Necessity is the Mother of Invention 

An exhibition of work by students from Oxford Brookes University inspired by the History of Science Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum

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In addition to specific exhibitions and interventions by artists, many of the special exhibitions provide a wealth of material for visual research

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