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Armillary Sphere
Ptolemaic armillary sphere, 15th century, English. Image © the Whipple Museum (Wh.0336).

From 31st August 2018 until 6th January 2019, our 15th century Ptolemaic armillary sphere (Wh.0336) will be appearing in Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Exploring the history of magic, this exhibition shows how our ancestors used magic to make sense of the world around them and asks us to examine why we still use magical thinking today.

The exhibition is ticketed and booking is strongly recommended. A link to the exhibition website can be found here [https://www.ashmolean.org/spellbound].

Astronomy and Empire

Transit Instrument in box
Portable transit instrument in shipping crate, by Troughton & Simms, c. 1900. Image © the Whipple Museum (Wh.2145).

Drawing on the museum's extensive collection and featuring objects from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Royal Astronomical Society in London, this exhibition explores the tangled history of science and the British Empire.

» Find out more on our exhibition page.

» Watch a short piece [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrVHkgzxWIw], as part of India Unboxed, about our very own Portable Transit Instrument, its movement, and role in the networks of Empire.

» Watch a special curators tour via the University of Cambridge Museum's Facebook site [https://www.facebook.com/cambridgeuniversitymuseums/videos/10154936008211890/].

New Learning and Schools Section

From school sessions to family drop in activities and adult lectures, the Whipple's educational programme can offer something to visitors of all ages and interests.

Check out our re-vamped Learning section here.

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