University of Cambridge Museums

tos_01-1Working in a museum is sometimes like being an explorer — and occasionally it even involves being a kid at heart. I’ve had tremendous fun recently because of a new acquisition: 33 little kits called ‘Things of Science.’

These marvellous little boxes and envelopes from around the world would never have arrived at the Whipple Museum if it wasn’t for a student. Museums expand their collections for all sorts of reasons — aesthetics, national or local significance, prestige etc. — and as a University museum based in an academic department, we often collect objects for research purposes. Our Curator of Modern Sciences Josh Nall can tell us more:

“The Whipple Museum’s primary function is to support research and teaching in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. We’re lucky to have a modest acquisitions budget, which helps us expand the collection and find new source materials for students and…

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