The Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds

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The University of Leeds has rare and signficant collections relating to its scientific and technological past. Areas represented include physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and geology.

Several of these collections have their origins in the early years of the University (established 1904) and its predecessor, the Yorkshire College, as teaching and research collections.

Highlights include:
• a rare early Laennec stethoscope (c.1818) – used by the Atkinsons, a Leeds medical dynasty
• The Barr & Stroud rangefinder used by the British Navy from 1892
• William Astbury’s camara used to take the first images of DNA
• Newlyn-Phillips machine – one of only a few analogue computers for economics, 1950
• Samples of manganese collected from the first scientific expedition to the bottom of the ocean, HMS Challenger, c. 1873-6

Colletions are displayed across the University and the store is open by appointment.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

See also

Opening hours

Most museum collections can be consulted by appointment. Contact the Director in the first instance

Admission charges


Additional info

All collections are on the University Campus, and therefore facilities such as toilets and cafe are available nearby.

Individual named collections in the University include: University Art Collections and Gallery, University of Leeds International Textile Archive, Godfrey Bingley Photographic Collection, Chinese Paintings, Musical Instruments, Classics, Near Eastern Archaeology and Modern Arabic Studies, Coin and Medal Collection, W.P.Thompson collection (teaching materials for Latin and Greek), Reginald Rigby Lantern Slide Collection, Ogden Collection (archaeology of Babylon and Ur of Chaldees), Denison Roebuck Stamp Collection, Biology Museum, Earth Sciences collection, Anatomy Museum, Pathology Museum, Dental Museum and Technology Collection, School of Materials Historic Scientific Instruments and Equipment, Chemistry , Physics, Mining and Mineral Engineering, Chemical Enginnering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,and Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bragg x-ray equipment, Ida Roper herbarium, Pesel embroidery collection, Kathleen Kenyon Jericho and Jerusalem archaeological items, Barr and Stroud prototype rangefinder

The Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds
University of Leeds
West Yorkshire


Website for all museum collections in the University

For archive and book collections (not museum) see this page from the University Library for details and contacts

Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine





0113 343 3460

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