Galton Collection, UCL
University College London
4 Stephenson Way
Grant Museum Manager
c/o Grant Museum
020 7679 2647
The Galton Collection comprises the scientific instruments, papers, and personal memorabilia left to University College London on the death of Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911). Galton set up a Eugenics Laboratory at UCL, and is chiefly remembered for inventing fingerprinting, and for his work in eugenics, statistics, biometry, composite photography, and meteorology.
Open by appointment only. Please contact the curator.
The collection contains Galton's fingerprinting kits, craniometers, numerous other measuring instruments, his desk, bookcase, bust, curios from his travels as a young man, his personal possessions, and research papers.
Archives, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Key objects in the Collection are Galton's original quincunx which he invented, Francis Galton's father's orrery, and his camera used for making composite photographs.