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Collections and Objects

Our world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Come behind the scenes as we explore new object acquisitions and meet the conservation team.

Apple Mac Colour Classic, with dust cover, keyboard and mouse, boxed software and manual. 1993

Assistant Curator Shaz Hussain explores the history of the personal computer to answer the ever important question: why beige?

250 years ago William Cookworthy was awarded a patent for producing an English true hard-paste porcelain similar to that being produced in China and Germany. Curator of Chemistry Sophie Waring explores more.

Brooch to avert the evil eye, Europe, 1900-1914

Throughout history, amulets have been used to heal and protect the body from different evils and illnesses. What can these five objects tell us about their place in medicine?

Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Sir William Henry Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye.

To celebrate 180 years since the birth of William Perkin, we explore the items in the collections linked to his most famous invention: mauveine.

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