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Jane Desborough

I’m Curator of Scientific Instruments at the Science Museum in London. The objects I’m responsible for range from Elizabethan weights to electron microscopes and from demonstration apparatus made for King George III to equipment used for school science lessons in the 1980s. I’m particularly interested in stories of use and how objects fit into the wider context of knowledge sharing.

Set of five nested Avoirdupois brass cup weights equivalent to one Kilogramme standard, mid 19th Century. (2lb, 2oz, 1oz, 3 drams & 10 grains) from the Science Museum group collection

This week, the kilogram will be redefined. But what does this mean for scientists and engineers, and for those of us beyond the science lab? Dr Jane Desborough, Curator of Scientific Instruments, explains more.

Jane Desborough, Associate Curator of Science explores our collection of Robert Hooke microscopes as we celebrate 350 years since the publication of a truly remarkable book.