Current Vacancy: Curator of the Collection from the Islamic World
The Museum seeks to appoint an experienced academic/museum professional as its first ever fulltime curator of the Museum’s world-class collection from the Islamic World.
From the Museum
Moonlight: Christmas Light Festival
Step in to the History of Science Museum for an evening of lunar-inspired activities, talks and close encounters with objects for all ages. Our award-winning Multaka-Oxford team will also be hosting activities, bringing together many different cultures and their perspectives on the moon.
The ivory diptych dial was the quintessential Renaissance gadget. To call it a sundial is to underplay its ambition and ingenuity – it was the sixteenth-century equivalent of a smartphone with a multitude of apps.
With a compass to orient the instrument correctly, the device opened up to reveal multiple sundials of different types, telling the time in different hour systems and for use in different places.
How it works
These short films bring to life a selection of working scientific instruments from the Museum's collection. All are on permanent display, but for conservation reasons would not normally be handled or demonstrated in public.