Scholar, Courtier, Sorcerer: the Magical World of John Dee

Elizabethan England’s foremost dabbler in the dark arts is one of the most mysterious characters in the court of Elizabeth I. Nowadays, he’s remembered as a conjuror, as a student of alchemy and the arcane but a new exhibition: Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians looks…

High Voltage at the Electrotechnikai Museum

This is the Electrotechnikai Museum in Budapest, a museum that tells the story of electrical engineering. Although it looks like it is housed in a large and impressive building (albeit not as large or imposing as the Hungarian National Museum) the museum itself is only a few rooms big. So far, this is starting to…

Big Bang Theories: Museum of the History of Science

Housed in the world’s oldest surviving museum building  (dating from 1683) when it was the home of the Ashmolean Museum before that institution moved to it’s current site in Beaumont Street – Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science contains about 20,000 scientific instruments; some used by the scientists of antiquity, others by more recent researchers. Like the other museums…

Danger, Danger High Voltage: Faraday Museum

Quite literally hidden in the depths of the Royal Institution of Great Britain lies the Faraday Museum: the namesake of one of Britian’s most famous scientists,  Michael Faraday, who worked in the Institution and discovered many important things about electricity. Here you can see objects and artefacts that reveal the story of over 200 years of scientific…