Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Visit from the Scientific Instrument Society

October 14th, 2013

The Scientific Instrument Society (SIS) visited our Museum this past Saturday, as part of their 2013 Regional Study Tour which also included trips to Armley Mills Industrial Museum, the Thackray Medical Museum and the Royal Armouries.

Since forming in 1983 the SIS has developed an international membership consisting of historians, museum professionals, collectors and general enthusiasts with an interest in scientific instruments ranging from antiques to recent electronics.

After viewing our Gillinson room and Hidden Histories displays, members enjoyed a campus tour that featured exhibits in various University departments, including Earth and Environment, Physics, Dentistry and Business. They expressed appreciation for the diversity of the collections we work with, which suited the group’s wide-ranging interests. For many a particular highlight was the chance to view the MONIAC, or Newlyn-Philips Machine; the University of Leeds holds the only Mark I version that was ever made.

The morning concluded with a trip to our museum store, where members of the Society shared with us some of their specialist knowledge about the scientific instruments we hold.

Previously, the SIS Grant Programme has kindly provided financial support for our Magic Lantern project. Images from a selection of lantern slides digitised using this funding will soon be available to view via the University’s Digital Library.

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