When is it shiny enough? Conservation of a Dividing Engine

Over the summer, staff at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science are preparing for their exhibition ‘Astronomy and Empire’ opening in October 2017.  Kirstie Williams, University of Cambridge Museums Organics Conservator, was asked to conserve the Dividing Engine for the exhibition. First off, what’s a Dividing Engine? A dividing engine is a device that is used to mark… Read full article

39 microtomes… but which looks best?

Jack Rajack, our latest work experience student at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, recently helped to reinvigorate an old Whipple work experience tradition: that the student would get to sample aspects of exhibitions, curation, and collections management by creating their own display case in the museum. We are currently redeveloping our New Gallery, which will shortly be… Read full article

Church of Scientology E-Meter from the Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Weird science at the Whipple

So why does the Whipple Museum have a 1980s Scientology E-meter in its collection? Following on from our ‘Why is this here?’ (WTH?) live streaming series, we visited Josh Nall, Curator of Modern Sciences in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, to find out. The ‘WTH?’ series of live streams we ran across the University museums on Periscope… Read full article