Scientific Instruments and Apparatus Collection

SC.1982.15 ©Michael Myers

SC.1982.15 ©Michael Myers

The scientific instruments and apparatus collection has as its main focus scientific instruments and equipment used by The University of Sydney in its teaching and research. The collection reflects the history of science at The University, within the context of the evolution of scientific practice from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.

The collection began in 1972 when the Macleay Museum held an exhibition of Historical and Interesting Scientific Instruments, drawing on objects from several University departments, after which many instruments were transferred to the Museum.

Today there are over 2000 objects, primarily from the chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, zoology departments and the Sydney Teachers’ College. Models and other teaching aids complement the instruments and equipment. A small technology collection includes audio-visual equipment, lighting equipment, office equipment and clocks. There is also a representative collection of photographic equipment collected in association with the Historic Photograph Collection.